Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Young Performer
Venice Film Festival
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Special Jury Prize
Venice Film Festival
In Jennifer Kent's pulverizing revenge tale, Aisling Franciosi delivers a tour de won't know what hit you.


The Nightingale

THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance from Jennifer Kent, director of THE BABADOOK. Set during the colonization of Australia in 1825, the film follows Clare (AISLING FRANCIOSI), a 21-year-old Irish convict. Having served her 7-year sentence, she is desperate to be free of her abusive master, Lieutenant Hawkins (SAM CLAFLIN) who refuses to release her from his charge. Clare’s husband Aidan (MICHAEL SHEASBY) retaliates and she becomes the victim of a harrowing crime at the hands of the lieutenant and his cronies. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare decides to pursue Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unable to find compatriots for her journey, she is forced to enlist the help of a young Aboriginal tracker Billy (BAYKALI GANAMBARR) who grudgingly takes her through the rugged wilderness to track down Hawkins. The terrain and the prevailing hostilities are frightening, as fighting between the original inhabitants of the land and its colonisers plays out in what is now known as ‘The Black War.’ Clare and Billy are hostile towards each other from the outset, both suffering their own traumas and mutual distrust, but as their journey leads them deeper into the wilderness, they must learn to find empathy for one another, while weighing the true cost of revenge.
Adventure, Drama, Thriller, Women and Film
Jennifer Kent
Jennifer Kent
Aisling Franciosi, Damon Herriman, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
Winner, Marcello Mastroianni Prize for Young Performer, Venice Film Festival
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Winner, Special Jury Prize, Venice Film Festival
Inkoo Kang, Slate

As with 'The Babadook,' Kent maintains an unrelenting sense of dread throughout and uses it to sensitively explore the aftereffects of trauma. That exploration extends, somewhat, into the minds of Hawkins and his two underlings (Damon Herriman and Harry Greenwood) and how they deal with the ...

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