The Nightingale (2018)

The Nightingale (2018)

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: R16, Rape, violence, cruelty & offensive language136 minsAustralia
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The Nightingale (2018) / Reviews

Flicks

Flicks, Craig Mathieson

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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Stuff

Stuff

This is the movie Kiwi-shot period dramas River Queen and The Stolen aspired to be, it's also one of the most visceral and memorable dramas you'll see on the big screen this year.

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Variety

Variety

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

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.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

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

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

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

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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