"The Wolfpack" is a most fascinating documentary of a story previously untold. A chance encounter between a filmmaker and the Angulo family on the streets of Manhattan unveils as a very unique a family situation as you will find.
What the filmmaker discovers a family of a husband/wife and 7 children (6 boys and 1 girl). The seemingly free-spirited parents when they met when hiking in some Latino country (him a native and her an American) live a very different existence once married, come to the US etc.
The father Oscar leads the family to a housing project in NY, stops working and starts a family (while essentially controlling Mom…no overt abuse though hinted at). The children are raised exclusively within the walls of this high rise, very low end apartment with rarely ever a trip outside.
Home-schooled with trips simply outside limited from Zero to 9 times over a course of an entire year, these "veal-like" kids (really the story is about the boys all of whom have very unique names like "Makunda".
They clearly become "very close" (the boys and Mom) while Dad sort of set the rules and could come and go as he pleased (he was the only one with a key…talk about fire code violations).
Oscar, especially since he did not believe in the concept of working, seemed to be enamored by movies and brought them into the childrens lives. They saw tons and tons of movies and that became the vehicle in someways to introducing them to the outside world (no TV nor no Internet either). They start reenacting the plays with all the words (which they hand write or type on a manual typewriter). Plus they would hand make props from their trash and things in the apartment and would add sounds thru some electronic, though very dated, equipment.
What a world/upbringing these 6 boys have (sister is of special needs an rarely is part of the story). Because of the love of films, surprisingly Oscar allows this documentarian into their home to capture there story and doesn't seem to be editing or controlling. The boys and Mom seem be free to talk (though measured) and the boys, clearly going thru teenage years, yearn to get out and experience the world. That struggle to leave, test their Dad and balance the 2 worlds is very insightful.
At the end of the day, this was a true story and stuff like this happens. Through the magic of this documentary, we get to hear and see it. Very different upbringing is shared on the screen and I thoroughly was engaged (Playing at the Showroom in Asbury Park)