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As lush and refined as one would expect from this generation of Spanish helmers working in genre, something that makes it even more fun when the incongruously gruesome carnage begins.
Great villains are hard to come by in film, but Shrew's Nest has a new one that simply must be seen.
A convincing period thriller focused on the damage caused by both sins and good intentions of the past.
Shrew's Nest is a slow, slow burn, but once the fireworks ignite, they explode in a spectacularly bloody spectacle that showcases Macarena Gómez's dementedly enjoyable performance.
Elegant yet utterly over the top, this shrill film requires a high tolerance for melodrama - yet while it barely hides its narrative secrets, it does conceal allegory of an adolescent Spain struggling to break free from the sins of the father.
Plunging the audience into a world of brutalisation and oppression, of relationships distorted by abusive power, of impotent victims' perverted strategies of survival, Shrew's Nest cannot help but resonate with the painful history of the country.
Comes complete with a darkly comic undertone which makes for such enjoyable and unashamedly entertaining cinema.
...an erratic yet rewarding little horror flick.
Macarena Gómez is absolutely sensational, delivering a complex and intense performance as a tragic figure that inspires both fear and pity in equal measure, and this anguishing (and always gripping) film does an admirable job to combine family drama, character study and horror.
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