Tenderness of the Wolf is an excellent film about a serial killer living in war torn Germany. Fritz Haarman was a pedophile psychopath who lived during WWI Germany (the time period in the movie was moved up to WWII). Ulli Lommel's style of directing was a nod to Fritz Lang, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and the German expressionist filmmakers of the the 20's and 30's. Beware, I must warn you that this film has some strong adult content matter that most people will find repulsive. But those who are open minded will find this movie to be an interesting and honest portrait of a madman. Lommel and Kurt Raab (who also wrote the screenplay) portray Fritz Haarman as a twisted and tortured soul who can never truly express himself or convey his emotions. In his twisted mind he sees no harm in what he does.
Several of Fassbinder's acting troupe have supporting and minor roles (such as Brigitte Mira,Margit Carstensen, Ingrid Caven and Irm Hermann) in this picture including Fassbinder (he has a small part as a real shady slug). Kurt Raab does an excellent character study of one of Germany's most notorious serial killers. A grim and ghastly tale about a world in chaos and the fiends who would do anything to survive.