There is that old saying in Washington D.C. - If you want a friend, get a dog.
Well, the 2018 film "Alpha" posits how the wolf evolved into dog as man's best friend. The account is fictional.
The setting is prehistoric times.
A teenage boy is separated from his tribe during the hunt. A wolf is separated from his pack. Both are wounded. They wind up saving each other's lives, over and over again. And forming a deep friendship. The wolf becomes part of the tribe.
The narrative provides a healing after the U.S. Senate brutality. We can at least believe in the human-animal bond. if nothing else.
The values of the tribe are geared toward survival in tough terrain. So, there's also plenty of brutality there. For example, the young boys who do not pass their rite of passage test are beaten by members of the tribe. The chief won't accept his son's reluctance to kill, at least not early in the film. And the animals which are pursued in the hunt are driven off a cliff to their deaths.
Sure, there is a little bit of progress on the tribe's learning curve but not much. The takeaway is, yes, get yourself a dog if you want a friend.
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