The Nightingale

The Nightingale ★★★

as a rape-revenge film, this is an admirably empathetic effort. the way Kent removes the objectification of rape and extracts the pure horror of its disgusting barbarity is certainly a refreshing take, and I definitely wouldn't categorize any of the repeated rapes as exploitative. the nightmare sequences are also especially chilling, and do an uncomfortably good job of expressing Clare's exhausted headspace as both a victim and perpetrator of violence. I'm not completely sold on the film's ending, however, and I don't think Kent does enough to land or even earn it. I'm also not totally convinced that this is a particularly meaningful examination of genocide - the claustrophobic scale doesn't allow for much more than carefully engineered slice of the enormous atrocities committed by the English - but that's a different story.

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