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The Nightingale (2018)

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Set in 1825, Clare, a young Irish convict woman, chases a British officer through the rugged Tasmanian wilderness, bent on revenge for a terrible act of violence he committed against her family. On the way she enlists the services of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy, who is also marked by trauma from his own violence-filled past.

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Jennifer Kent

Writer:

Jennifer Kent
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Aisling Franciosi ... Clare
Sam Claflin ... Hawkins
Michael Sheasby ... Aidan
Claire Jones ... Harriet
Damon Herriman ... Ruse
Harry Greenwood ... Jago
Eloise Winestock ... Luddy
Ewen Leslie ... Goodwin
Luke Carroll ... Archie
Baykali Ganambarr ... Billy
Charlie Jampijinpa Brown ... Uncle Charlie
James Edmanson James Edmanson ... Bean Pole Convict
Ben McIvor Ben McIvor ... Dull Convict
Charlie Shotwell ... Eddie
Sam Smith ... Sheep Farmer
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THE NIGHTINGALE is a meditation on the horrors of Australian colonization, set at the turn of the 19th century. The film follows Clare, a 21-year-old native Irish wife and mother held captive beyond her 7-year sentence, desperate to be free of her obsessed master, British lieutenant Hawkins. Clare's husband Aidan intervenes with devastating consequences for all. When British authorities fail to deliver justice, Clare pursues Hawkins, who leaves his post suddenly to secure a captaincy up north. Unfamiliar with the Tasmanian wilderness she enlists the help of an orphaned Aboriginal tracker Billy. Marked by their traumas, the two fight to overcome their distrust and prejudices against the backdrop of Australia's infamous 'Black War'. Written by Mae Moreno

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1820's Tasmania. A young Irish convict seeks revenge. See more »


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Rated R for strong violent and disturbing content including rape, language throughout, and brief sexuality | See all certifications »

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Extensive research was done by writer-director Jennifer Kent on the history of convicts in Australia and the history of Tasmanian Aboriginal people. The filmmakers and cast also researched PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), violence against women, and how people deal with trauma. See more »

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Clare: The little bird thought she was going to die out there in the forest. All alone. She called out in her sweet, baby voice, to see if her ma would hear her. Her voice was so pure, it carried for miles through the trees. And suddenly, out of nowhere, her ma came flying down and scooped her up in her breast. And the little baby bird chirped with delight. She held on tight to the trees till they came to a beautiful place. Where she and her ma and pa could live happily together. The sun shone ...
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Crazy Credits

" Tasmanian Aboriginal culture is a living culture. The Aboriginal language used in this film is called 'Palawa kani'. It was created by current day Tasmanian Aboriginal people using records of their original languages. Aboriginal actors cast in this film are from mainland Australia. They and we pay our respects to the aboriginal people of Lutruwita (Tasmania) past and present." See more »


Soundtracks

The Nightingale
Performed by Aisling Franciosi
Violin by Charles McCarthy
Written by The Dubliners (uncredited): Ciáran Bourke / Barney McKenna / Ronnie Drew / Luke Kelly
Published by Logo Songs Ltd
Administered by Universal Music Publishing MGB Australia Pty Ltd
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The Nightingale (2019)
3 August 2019 | by rockman182See all my reviews

The Nightingale

I didn't care about The Babadook so much as a horror film, though I know others loved it. Still, I heard some things about Jennifer Kent's follow up and wanted to see it. It was mixed reviews but mostly positive and I even decided to pay out of pocket for this feature as no AMC theater was playing it to use A-list. I'm quite impressed. Its a long and harrowing journey but one filled with a lot of realization, reflection, and development. This is Kent's most realized work.

The film takes place in Tasmania in 1825, where an Irish convict is raped while her husband and infant child are murdered by corrupt and sadistic British officers. She soon goes on a journey of vengeance to bring bloodshed to those responsible. She enlists the help of an Aboriginal man who knows how to track in the wilderness. Together, the pair go through a tale of survival in the hopes of revenge and bringing justice to the men who have left a day prior. The film stars Aisling Franciosi and Sam Claflin, and Baykali Ganambarr.

The film is gonna split viewers due to its violent nature. There are a few scenes of rape in it and murder that will be uncomfortable for some viewers. Otherwise the film is quite an engorging watch. Franciosi is a terrific lead. Right after her rape, you see the strength in her character develop and the lengths she would go to bring justice. Her development is rapid but unwavering. The film comes from a different time and its interesting to see a film depicting these events.

The film basically felt like a rape and revenge film but not a B movie type from decades ago. Its a fully realized, and quality piece of work with that overarching theme that we saw a lot of in exploitative films. Its a long venture and a slow burn but you will be glued to the screen to watch justice come to those who deserve it. Hopefully if for nothing else, this makes a name for Aislign Franciosi.

7.5/10


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English | Irish | Aboriginal

Release Date:

29 August 2019 (Australia) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,882, 4 August 2019

Gross USA:

$400,209

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$855,756
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