[Review] ‘The Nightingale’ is one of the most brutal films of the year

The Nightingale is Jennifer Kent’s brutal Gothic revenge film that is one of the most brutal films of the year.

The Nightingale is a gothic revenge story that is reminiscent of I Spit On Your Grace with a little bit more of a gothic horror twist. With knockout performances from its stars Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr whom both deserves Oscars for their powerful emotionally driven character pieces that will blow your mind. This is such a difficult plot to bring to live but what Jennifer Kent does here is when horror films could be Oscar darlings it’s so fascinating the way it was shot make me wish I did catch it on a big screen. Similar to what Netflix did with the Outlaw King the landscape is so phenomenally caught on camera you can’t take your eyes away from it. Similar to the previously mentioned I Spit On Your Grave there is some really tough scenes to watch including some rape sequences I squirmed during which is tough to do. This by far one of the best horror films of the year and a welcomed follow up from Jennifer Kent who directed The Babadook which proves she isn’t a one hit wonder and has a very promising career in front of her I’m excited to see what she does next!


Clare, a young Irish convict, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness and is bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence the man committed against her family. On the way, she enlists the services of Aboriginal tracker Billy, who is marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

Final grade:

5/5 stars.

Article written by Aaron Friar

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