As in her sophomore feature, “Guernsey,” one person’s apparently inexplicable decision forces self-questioning among others in Nanouk Leopold’s “Wolfsbergen.” Cleanly composed in widescreen, and pitched somewhere between low-key drama and very Dutch black comedy, the film is initially difficult (especially in regard to characters’ relationships to each other) but quietly rewarding in the long run. However, this is pure fest and Euro cable fare.
Eightysomething Konraad (Piet Kamerman) has calmly decided to join his dead spouse — to the dismay of his only daughter, ultra-organized politician Maria (Catherine ten Bruggencate). Maria’s family is a mess. Her elder daughter, Sabine (Tamar van den Dop), has a lover, Micha (Oscar van Woensel); Sabine’s husband, Onno (Fedja van Huet), has fallen for his sister-in-law, Eva (Karina Smulders), who’s in therapy after an abortion; and Sabine’s all-knowing elder daughter, Haas (Merel van Houts, excellent), is slowly going nuts under the strain of her parents’ marriage. The only one supporting Konraad’s decision is Maria’s husband, dentist Ernst (vet Jan Declair). Delicately sustained tone of buttoned-down craziness sometimes has its dull patches, but the ending has a calm, resurrectional quality.