Wolf Summer tells the story of Kim, a young girl who loves climbing because her father was a climber. Kim’s mother leaves on vacation, expecting that Kim will go to a climbing camp. But Kim’s summer climbing course is cancelled. Rather than contact her mother, 12-year-old Kim decides to climb “The East Wall.” She has a bad fall and when she wakes up, she is with a wolf and her pup. The wolf cares for Kim until she recovers. Realizing that the wolves are being chased by hunters, Kim is forced into an emotional battle between animal and man.
This movie is a wonderful tale of a girl’s love for a wolf and its cub, set in a naturalistic setting of beautiful woods, blue skies with white puffy clouds and bubbling brooks. Kids will love the fact that a girl, Kim (Julia Boracco Braaten), is the heroine of the story, protecting the wolves by keeping them from hunters who would kill them. Adults will love the scenery of this Norwegian story which features English subtitles.
Kim likes to rock climb, as her deceased father did, and when she gets the opportunity to attend a climbing camp for a week, she jumps at it. Her widowed mother decides to take a trip with her boyfriend and plans to be back by the time Kim returns. As soon as her mom Cecilie (Line Verndal) leaves, Kim learns the climbing camp has been cancelled. She decides to go climb the East Wall on her own but is sidetracked when she comes across a wolf and its cub staying in the same old shack she selected to rest in. When the cub takes a liking to her, so does its mother. Kids should understand that this never actually happens in the wild, and they’d be well advised to steer clear of approaching one. This is reality only until the director yells, “Cut!”
What does ring true, however, is that a man named Jon and some other men are determined to pursue the wolf and kill it. As the story unfolds, Jon plants a tracking device in some meat which the wolf eats, and then in Kim’s shoe. He pretends to be a friend but his intentions are deadly. He is determined to track Kim and the wolf down and kill the wolf. The movie contains a few utterances of strong language and a few instances of violence, but none of it is gratuitous. Therefore, this high adventure and nature story merits our Dove-Approved Seal for Ages 12+.
The Dove Take
Excitement! High adventure! This naturalistic movie features a great cast, story, and beautiful scenery. Your family will enjoy it!