The Nightingale (2018)

The Nightingale (2018)

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The Nightingale (2018)

Gothic period thriller set in 1825 Tasmania follows young Irish convict Claire (Aisling Franciosi) as she pursues a British officer (Sam Claflin) through the wilderness with vengeance on her mind for an appalling act committed against her family. An Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr) helps the chase, like Claire, scarred by his own trauma. Director Jennifer Kent's follow-up to stunning feature debut The Babadook. In competition at the Venice Film Festival 2018. 

Winner of the Special Jury Prize (Kent) and the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best Young Actor or Actress (Ganambarr), 2018 Venice Film Festival
2018Rating: MA15+, Strong sexual violence, violence, themes and coarse language136 minsAustralia
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Harrowing in its many forms of violence and ambitious in its thematic reach, Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook shows Australia’s colonial past as a frontier war. It’s an unforgettable film, but not without its flaws...

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Variety

Variety

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Some stricter editing wouldn’t go amiss, particularly in a needlessly baggy, to-and-fro finale, but it’s a pretty magnificent mass of movie.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

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Weaving themes of colonialism and class into the broad strokes of a won’t-stop-can’t-stop revenge potboiler, the film marks a step forward for the Australian director in terms of ambition and scope.

3.0
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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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Both a canny fulfillment and a skillful subversion of the conventions of the revenge thriller, the picture becomes a touch overextended in its final stretches but is nonetheless sustained by the coherence and intense muscularity of its filmmaking.

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Little White Lies

Little White Lies

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It's a devastating, uncomfortable watch. But there's a sense that The Nightingale needs to be exactly the film it is, bubbling with completely justified anger and pain.

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IndieWire

IndieWire

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Acclaimed filmmakers often face the challenge of big expectations on their second features, but Kent joins the ranks of sophomore filmmakers whose new movies expand on their debuts in startlingly ambitious ways.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

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If The Nightingale doesn’t quite fulfill the high expectations for Kent’s sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft...

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You won't be able to sleep, but it should not be ignored. Every bit harrowing as it is beautiful.

5.0
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Variety

Variety

press

Some stricter editing wouldn’t go amiss, particularly in a needlessly baggy, to-and-fro finale, but it’s a pretty magnificent mass of movie.

0
The Guardian

The Guardian

press

Weaving themes of colonialism and class into the broad strokes of a won’t-stop-can’t-stop revenge potboiler, the film marks a step forward for the Australian director in terms of ambition and scope.

3.0
0
Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

press

Both a canny fulfillment and a skillful subversion of the conventions of the revenge thriller, the picture becomes a touch overextended in its final stretches but is nonetheless sustained by the coherence and intense muscularity of its filmmaking.

0
Little White Lies

Little White Lies

press

It's a devastating, uncomfortable watch. But there's a sense that The Nightingale needs to be exactly the film it is, bubbling with completely justified anger and pain.

0
IndieWire

IndieWire

press

Acclaimed filmmakers often face the challenge of big expectations on their second features, but Kent joins the ranks of sophomore filmmakers whose new movies expand on their debuts in startlingly ambitious ways.

0
Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

press

If The Nightingale doesn’t quite fulfill the high expectations for Kent’s sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft...

0

You won't be able to sleep, but it should not be ignored. Every bit harrowing as it is beautiful.

5.0
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