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It's honest in that it describes war, violence rape and racial discrimination and massacre as ugly, mundane, un-glorified.
However, it was too much for me and I had to quit the movie.
The Nightingale is a 2hr 17 min drama written and directed by Jennifer Kent. It was released in theaters on Aug 2, 2019, and set in 1825 in the British penal colony of Van Diemen's Land (now Tasmania, Australia). Kent wrote a captivating and harrowing tale about an indentured servant and aboriginals' suffering and endurance. This R-rated film refused to relent on the violence and the torment inflicted on the victims. Giving us close-up shots of quivering lips, anger, disdain, sadness, and pain. All deaths seem senseless. The atmosphere tense and eerie. The pace: slow in the inopportune time.
Kent created a compelling story and transcribed it onto the screen. She wanted a factual depiction of 1825 and ensured she researched and consulted experts to bring the story to light. Overall the movie is poignant, visceral, and raw. The weakness stems from the need to be artistic by dragging on scenes, creating an unrealistic movie death (in the end), and random singing in places that reminded me of the Best Man's Holiday 2. The music helped set the mood without being jarring. The scenery was lush with a terrain filled with trees, rivers, and hills. An environment that encompassed the confusion, beauty, and terror of the scenes. The performances from Aisling Franciosi and Baykali Ganambarr were remarkable. The script was intense but weak.
The overall message: hurt people hurt people. The more power a damaged person has, the more havoc they will create. Coupled with a sense of entitlement and callousness, equals wickedness x 1000. Some may call this inhumane but history has taught us that cruelty is the norm for humans.
Please note, if you can handle Irreversible then you can handle Nightingale. If you squirmed in Heredity then this movie will be difficult for you to watch. The violence is uncomfortable but not gory or grotesque. If the horrors of colonialism trigger you emotionally then pass.
I had heard there was a rape scene and that it was hard to watch, but I thought "How bad could it be?" Next thing I know I'm standing up on the couch throwing things at the TV. As someone who has a wife and kids this movie infuriated me. It shocked and horrified me. And then it gave me the necessary revenge plot. Not everyone's cup of tea, but extremely effective at meeting its intentions.
This movie pretends to bring light to the horrors of colonialism, racism, constant rape and murder by the British in the 1800s, but really its horror porn. Rape, rape, baby murder, rape, rape, more murder, more rapes, lynching, and on and on. Like a retrofit of I Spit on Your Grave but for total psychopaths. F-
Hard to watch in some parts due to graphic scences.felt like story got lost last in last quarter and could have ended better.
The Nightingale is harsh. It takes a strong stomach to endure its first half-hour or so and even more determination to trod along its righteous tale of revenge. It's a gut-wrenching depiction of the brutalization of women and colonialism, topics which it addresses without compromise.
Powerful but very confronting. An important film.
This was one of the best movies of 2019, in my opinion. A hard-hitting, sometimes confronting, story exploring the abuse and violence suffered by Aboriginal people and convicts in Tasmania in the 1800s. The first time I watched this movie was after visiting Hobart and walking through a museum there that had an exhibition about the history of Aboriginal people in Tasmania. The film was even more poignant than it would have been if I hadn't seen that exhibition. The story haunted me for days after seeing it. Before you watch this one, be aware that there are some controversial scenes that are very violent. However, they are, to my mind, essential to showing us what really went on in those times and we cannot hide our heads in the sand about our history. Seeing this movie had an enormous impact on me.
An unflinching masterpiece that confronts the violent source of contemporary global oppression.
havent seen yet (accidentally reviewed)