Big Bad Wolves/ screen capture from YouTube.
Big Bad Wolves is the latest hit on Israeli cinema.
The 2013 film is a thriller written and directed by Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado, and starring Lior Ashkenazi, Rotem Keinan, Doval'e Glickman and Tzahi Grad. It was the official selection of Tribeca Film Festival and received positive reviews worldwide. It was released in the U.S, the UK, Canada and Germany, and became the biggest local summer hit here, in Israel.
It tells the story of three men whose life's courses collide after a series of brutal murders: The father of the latest victim who is now seeking revenge, a vigilante police detective operating after work hours and the main suspect in the killings – a religious studies teacher who was arrested and released due to a police blunder.
The body of a young girl is found in the woods, decapitated. She is the latest victim in a string of terrible child-murders in town. The detective, Miki (Ashkenazi) is certain that he knows the person responsible for the brutal murders. That person is Dror (Keinan), a schoolteacher. Miki pays off a pair of thugs to savagely beat Dror in the hopes of getting a confession out of him, but that plan backfires spectacularly and a viral video of the brutality spreads all over Israel. At that point, all bets are off.