The Nightingale (2019)
Critic Consensus: The Nightingale definitely isn't for all tastes, but writer-director Jennifer Kent taps into a rich vein of palpable rage to tell a war story that leaves a bruising impact.
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Kent's deglamorized, relentlessly unpleasant depiction of suffering couldn't be further from the adolescent glee of Tarantino's films. Still, there's something vaguely two-faced about Kent's revenge narrative.
Jennifer Kent's The Nightingale is a film that bruises the soul.
It's serious film-making, worthy of attention. Arguments, though, will ensue.
The most shocking thing about this shocking film? When it was over, I felt like I'd been released from a warm hug.
While she ruthlessly exposes the unexpiated atrocities in Australia's past, Kent has smartly pillaged all the old horseback conventions to do her bidding. But she's halfway stuck within them, too.
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