Big Bad Wolves

A disgraced police detective and a lone vigilante take revenge on a suspected child killer, subjecting him to increasingly barbaric forms of punishment. The most novel thing about this Israeli torture extravaganza is that writer-directors Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado play the grisly material for broad comedy, going so far as to include a Neil Simon-worthy subplot about the vigilante’s overbearing Jewish parents. The movie contains enough directorial flourishes and over-the-top violence to have won the admiration of Quentin Tarantino, who named it the best movie of 2013; but that says a lot more about Tarantino’s personal obsessions than the film’s artistic merit. In Hebrew with subtitles.