In 1825, Claire, a 21-year-old Irish convict, chases a British soldier through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. She enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.
Even with its flaws, this feminist Western is too violent, too dirty, too bloody, and too barbaric to be forgotten easily. When the lights in the cinema came on, the woman next to me was crying and, a few rows over, someone murmured that they had now had PTSD. 'The Nightingale’ is not an easy film to watch and certainly not one to expect to come out of laughing or feeling terrific. But it will make you will feel something, which is a rare thing for a film to be able to do today.
- Jake Watt
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Not For The Kiddies
Like many others I was highly anticipating Jennifer Kent's follow up of her 2014 freak out, The Babadook. Simply put, The Nightingale will be a near impossible watch for some. It is brutal, graphic and depressing. The disgusting treatment of Australia's indigenous people is on full display and am glad it was shown. I didn't really have any background on it and based on comments of the movie, Kent wanted it to be as accurate as possible. The Nightingale really has standout acting across the board. However, it sure isn't suitable for the Sunday night viewing.