In 2014, writer and director Jennifer Kent terrified audiences with a tale of childhood terror in The Babadook. Now, Kent is back with The Nightingale and she’s aiming for a different piece of the emotional spectrum.
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The movie is described as “a meditation on the consequences of violence and the price of seeking vengeance.” In the trailer, we see star Aisling Franciosi letting her baser instincts take over after colonizing British soldiers in 1825 Australia do something terrible — the specifics aren’t clear — to her family.
If The Babadook is any indication, there’s much more going on beneath the surface of what we see here — an apparent revenge story set against the backdrop of a bloody moment in history. The Nightingale is set to have a limited release in early August with a wider release to follow shortly thereafter.