The Untamed (La región salvaje)

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The Untamed attempts some ambitious tonal juggling between fantastical and disturbing -- and draws viewers in with its slippery, inexorable pull.

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Alejandra is a young mother and housewife who raises her children with her husband Angel in a small town. His brother Fabian is a nurse at a local hospital. Their provincial lives are altered with the arrival of the mysterious Veronica. Sex and love are fragile in certain regions where family values ​​exist and hypocrisy, homophobia, and sexism are strong. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby forest, in a secluded cabin, there is something that is not of this world but that is the answer to all your problemas.Es something whose force can not resist and what to do with peace or suffer his wrath.

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Critic Reviews for The Untamed (La región salvaje)

All Critics (74) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (10)

  • [Amat Escalante's] film may lack the subtlety of Val Lewton's famously allusive RKO chillers, but there's the same sense that the shadowy rooms braved by the characters are no less than the human psyche itself.

    September 7, 2017 | Full Review…
  • An uneasy hybrid of gritty Mexican drama and weird, David Cronenberg-style body horror.

    August 17, 2017 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ed Potton

    Times (UK)
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  • This film is a very sly, subversive and disturbing black tragicomedy about a universal secret addiction.

    August 17, 2017 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • For better or worse, you won't be forgetting this one in a hurry.

    August 17, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An explicit and excoriating story of eros unmoored and unmooring - the devastating power of sexual pleasure when it's stripped of both function and meaning.

    August 11, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Escalante draws remarkable performances out of his cast of mostly newcomers in this film about the consequences of pleasure and the many meanings of flesh; where animal intelligence fills the void left by emotional disconnect.

    August 9, 2017 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 18, 2017
    I didn't know what the hell I was getting into at the time though, I found this film to be a weird combination of family drama with an H.P. Lovecraftian intersection into the narrative. While not some straight up creature feature, it's that explicit image that's going to stick to people's minds when they watch this film. Forget that tentacle scene in 'Rogue One' that felt unnecessary, here it plays an important part in underlining the central subject matter of either helping out one with their social problems or being a strange source of their destruction since it came from an unusual origin that not all surprising. It was mostly a well crafted film with some great cinematography showcasing the outskirts of Mexican society in the countryside. As was the written aspect of the mystery underling in the drama of it's character's, audiences are forcefully invested in. You this certain something exists and there's proof throughout the film to reveal why, though the pacing is slow and the film doesn't offer a lot of thinking power to initial plot progression. Why you may forgive the film for it's flaws, it's nonetheless a weird fascination of the unknown interrupting our daily lives, recommended purely for those who love the weird underside of life.
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