LE PACTE DES LOUPS (Brotherhood of the Wolf, 2001) takes place in
18th century France. A brave young naturalist (Samuel Le Bihan) and his
Native American companion (Mark Dacascos) are hired to trace the origins
of a bloodthirsty 'beast' which has been terrorizing the countryside,
killing women and children. But their investigations uncover an
appalling conspiracy which cuts to the very heart of French high
Inspired by actual events taking place during the
reign of King Louis XV, THE BROTHERHOOD OF THE WOLF revisits one of the
rare French myths, that of the "Beast of Gevaudan" which killed a number
of persons before being vanquished under mysterious circumstances.
For two years, the monstrous Beast had been
terrorizing the region of Gevaudan, attacking mostly women and children.
It is said to be of colossal size and dragon-like and often rumored of
being the devil. All of France was shaken by these inexplicable
Delegated by the Royal Court, Gregoire de Fronsac
arrives in Gevaudan one autumn night. His mission is to find the Beast
and to eventually destroy it during a hunt. Strong, spirited, and
rational, the young noble horseman is accompanied by the taciturn Mani,
a Mohawk Indian that he met in New France during the Seven Years War.
The two are housed at the home of old Marquis D'Apcher's, whose
grandson, Thomas, serves as their guide.
During a dinner given in his honor, Fronsac meets
Mariane De Morangias along with her brother Jean-Francois (Vincent
Cassel), members of the most influential family in the region. A
traveler as well, Jean-Francois lost an arm during a great African
While the Beast's attacks multiply as winter
arrives, Fronsac is met with animosity from the more influential people
of the region. His interest for Marianne increases, but his liaison
with Sylvia (Monica Bellucci), a beautiful but troubled prostitute,
doesn't help matters. The King, unhappy with the lack of progress
during the numerous hunts, dispatches his own lieutenant, Antoine de
Beauterne, to the region. No sooner does he arrive to Gevaudan, than he
captures a wolf, claiming falsely that he has killed the Beast. Under
the order of the King, Frosnac is forced to participate in this pretense
before being allowed to return to Paris.
Braving the King's mandate not to return to
Gevaudan, the horseman decides to respond to Thomas D'Apcher plea to
organize one last hunt. This time, Mani will head the hunt, using
ancient Shaman techniques. Nothing will prepare them for what they
G E N E R A L C A S T
Directed By: Christophe Gans|
Screenplay By: Christophe Gans and Stephane Cabel
Cinematography: Dan Laustsen
Grégoire de Fronsac - Samuel Le Bihan
Jean-François de Morangias - Vincent Cassel
Marianne de Morangias - Emilie Dequenne
Sylvia - Monica Bellucci
Thomas d'Apcher - Jeremie Renier
Mani - Mark Dacascos
Le Comte de Morangias - Jean Yanne
Henri Sardis - Jean-Francois Stevenin
Thomas d'Apcher (old) - Jacques Perrin
Geneviève de Morangias - Edith Scob
Beauterne - Johan Leysen
Laffont - Bernard Farcy
Marquis d'Apcher - Hans Meyer
La Bavarde - Virginie Darmon
Jean Chastel - Philippe Nahon
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In February 1765, faced with the intensifying
situation, the King sent Denneval, famous for his slaying of wolves, to
Gevaudan. Denneval was ineffective. Antoine de Beauterre, the King's
Battle Lieutenant, replaced Denneval. All the tracking and fighting
brought absolutely no results - the Beast was still a mystery.
In September 1765, Antoine de Beauterre captured a
large wolf. The attacks stopped and the countryside breathed a sigh of
relief. Then, in 1766, the killings began again. On June 18, 1767,
Jean Chastel, during a search organized by the Marquis d'Apcher, finally
caught the Beast.
The Legend of Gevaudan is born.
What was the beast that terrorized the northern
regions of Lozere between Aubrac and Margeride? If church records are
to be believed about the Beast's identity as well as the date of the
killings, it would more closely resemble a mysterious, supernatural
However, witness' accounts are subject to
interpretation. How do you differentiate between what someone saw (often
a child) versus what a person thinks he saw? Why, in this land
inhabited by wolves and their frequent attacks, are these three
particular years attributed to a legendary beast? Without a doubt, this
is because it garnered great publicity by Abbot Pourcher. Outside of
that, the sheer number of victims was shocking.
What about accounts of the Beast disrobing or
speaking into the ear if its victims? Isn't there something here that
could be perversely profitable while feeding the myth of demons and
In any case, after the last wolf disappeared if you
happen to be taking a stroll in Gevaudan, perhaps you will hear the
piercing howl of a wolf...just remember the Beast.
In 18th century France, a brave young naturalist (Samuel Le Bihan) and his
Native American companion (Mark Dacascos) are hired to trace the origins of a
bloodthirsty 'beast' which has been terrorizing the French countryside, killing
women and children. But their investigations uncover an appalling conspiracy
which cuts to the very heart of French high society...
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you to Christophe Gans for directing such a beautiful film and to all of those that were involved in the making of the film.
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