We love stories about underdogs. The simple, rule-abiding individual, whose life is turned around after he/she breaks out of his monotonous frustration makes one hell of a plot. Wild is one such movie, but unlike any you have seen before. Do not confuse this with the Reese Witherspoon-starrer of two years ago. This is a German movie of the same name, written and directed by Nicolette Krebitz. Wild is the story of a young girl, who not only breaks contact with her own monotonous life, but with civilization and humankind itself. Hence, the title seems more apt to this story. Meanwhile, the movie also deals with humankind’s primal animal instinct, human-animal relationships, and social inhibitions.
Ania (Lilith Stangenberg) lives in a dull, cold town, where nothing exciting ever happens. Until the day she spots a wolf by the forest. In an attempt to see him again, she starts leaving food around. Even though the food goes uneaten, Ania is convinced that the wolf is still in the forest. She makes a plan to capture him and take him home. She nearly succeeds, but wolves do not live in apartments. The trapped wolf manages to break down the wall separating Ania’s room from the one he was in. Slowly, he comes to trust Ania, as she feeds him every day, sometimes even bringing him live rabbits. But instead of a wolf being tamed, it is Ania who breaks out of civilization, and slowly takes the form of the lupine creature.
How far can your love for the wild go? For bored and unsatisfied Ania, the answer was a complete transformation, while letting go of modern, civilized society. While her unhappiness is easy to connect with initially, the depth of it is simply shocking. Along the way, she depicts every human’s desire for the wild, while triggering your own. Her relationship with the wolf is also fascinating, and is better seen than described. There are running metaphors during the course of the film, although they are pretty simple to comprehend. Yet, what seems like a simple movie, is actually a complex web of emotions and behavioral patterns that leaves the audience stunned. You do not leave this film with happy thoughts, but they are bound to play on your mind for a long time.