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If The Nightingale doesn't quite fulfil the high expectations for Kent's sophomore feature, it still shows a director with a muscular handle on her craft...
Kent's elemental revenge tale attains a near-mythic grandeur over the course of its arduous, ravishing trek.
A revisionist Western with decidedly feminist ideals, The Nightingale is one of the most brutal films you will ever see, made endurable by impeccable filmmaking and sensational acting.
The Nightingale isn't a bad film; merely an unremarkable one we seem to have seen many times before.
One of the most memorable works in its genre - a parable that never turns violence into a spectacle, but is resolutely committed to expose the poisonous double prism of racism and sexism it feeds upon.
It's a noble effort. That resigned-to-violence consistency is a fascinating pitch that brings a new perspective to a well-worn genre.
There's a terrific film in here somewhere, with upmarket echoes of the exploitation thriller tradition of the 70s, but it gets lost in overstatement and a surfeit of plot reversals.
If Kent can get rid of some of the melismatic curlicues from her film, paring it back to its thrilling and beautiful essentials, then The Nightingale will really sing.
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