The Untamed

The Untamed

(La Región Salvaje)
(2016)

Domestic drama with a sci-fi twist that won Spanish director Amat Escalante (Heli) the Silver Lion for Best Directing at Venice, 2016.... More

"Alejandra (Ruth Ramos) and Ángel (Jesús Meza) live with their young sons in Guanajuato, Mexico. Theirs is a tense relationship, with the overly macho Ángel exerting physical and psychological control over his family as he attempts to hide the affair he's having with Fabián (Eden Villavicencio), Alejandra's brother. Their grim status quo undergoes a world of change when the couple meets a loner named Verónica (Simone Bucio). She takes them to a cabin in the woods and shows them her secret - something that is a source of pleasure as well as a force of destruction. Clearly, nothing will ever be the same again." (Toronto International Film Festival)Hide

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  • Escalante struggles to illuminate how sex and violence are connected... Full Review

  • Even if The Untamed comes perilously close to sabotaging itself at times, this generic tightrope walk is a ferociously individual, highly intelligent piece. Full Review

  • This is a fascinating and outrageous next step for Escalante, with a strong central concept and some oozily plausible special effects. Full Review

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