TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - May 28, 2019
Australian director Jennifer Kent started her career as an actress before moving behind the camera and making an explosive feature debut with 2014's haunting The Babadook. Now she's back with the revenge thriller The Nightingale, which made its debut at last year's Venice Film Festival before rocking Sundance this past January.
The Nightingale is set in early 19th century Tasmania, where a young Irish woman (Aisling Franciosi) seeks revenge against a British officer (Sam Claflin) who, along with a number of soldiers in his command, commits a savage attack on her and her family. She eventually unites forces with an Aboriginal tracker (Baykali Ganambarr), also seeking revenge, and they set out to right some terrible wrongs.
Like most revenge thrillers, however, they're bound to get more than they bargained for, and Kent is a savvy enough storyteller to avoid any overt cliches of the genre. Those who have seen the film have raved about its stark and brutal nature, not shying away from violence while also exposing a rather horrid time in Australia's history. Either way, it promises to be one hell of a ride.
The Nightingale makes its way to North American theaters on August 2.