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Screener Squad: The Nightingale

The Nightingale Movie Review


Writer/director Jennifer Kent hit the ground running with her widely celebrated film in 2014, The Babadook. Lord knows most of us here at Oneofus were HUGE fans. So why did it take 4 years for her next feature? Well, if and when you choose to see The Nightingale, you’ll understand. This story, taking place in Van Diemen’s Land (prison colony) Australia in 1825, may not be a horror film, but it is one of the most disturbing and upsetting films made in recent history. And it may be a masterpiece. After a horrible series of violations and the death of her family, a young Irish girl named Claire heads out across the untamed and extremely dangerous wilderness to track the military man who destroyed everything she cared about with vengeance on her mind. Led by an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, the two go from open disgust at each other to an understanding as they both start to understand they have more in common than not. Alan and Chris take the reins on this review and urge you to listen and consider: as good as The Nightingale is, are you the audience for it?


DIRECTED BY: Jennifer Kent

STARRING: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Ewen Leslie

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