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Documentary: Marcos, the Lone Wolf

A docu that’s considerably more absorbing than the feature film from which it derives, Gerardo Olivares’ “Marcos, the Lone Wolf” answers most of the questions unexplored by his 2010 local hit, “Among Wolves.” Starting out as a quest for the feral child Marcos Rodriguez, who lived alone in the mountains for 12 years, Olivares tracks him up until the present day, doing due justice to all the intrigue, emotion and absurdity that his subject’s life promises. An example of a nonfiction film with real universal interest, tube-bound “Wolf” could also howl at fests with an eye for the offbeat.
In 1953, at the age of 7, Rodriguez was sold by his father to a goatherd and went to live in the mountains in a remote region of southern Spain. After the goatherd died, Marcos preferred to stay put rather than return to his physically abusive dad. He was found in 1965 by policemen who returned him to his father, whose only comment after 12 years was to ask why his son had lost his jacket. Unable to walk upright, Rodriguez was abandoned again, this time by the police. It’s at this point, the docu intriguingly proposes, that his real troubles began.

Initially, Olivares traces this remarkable story via an anthropologist, Gabriel Janer, who interviewed Rodriguez in the 1970s. We learn that his childhood instinct for socialization was projected onto the wolves with which he exchanged food, and whose language he learned. It seems that by the age of 7, humans have all the survival instincts they need…

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