(Armat Escalante, 2016)
Reviewed by Dave Lancaster
Summary: A disarming, disturbing enigma, The Untamed combines domestic drama with body horror.
It's hard to know exactly what to make of a film like The Untamed.
Is it a mystery? A comment on the boundaries between sex and sexual abuse? A body horror like something a young Cronenberg might have made? An examination of male to female domestic abuse? It could well be all of those.
Whatever The Untamed is, it emerges from its slow-burn as something of an enigma. We follow Alejandra - a housewife raising two boys with lacklustre husband Angel in a small city.
A mysterious woman enters their lives upending the family dynamic, exposing its dark undercurrent but she also knows something of a creature lurking in the nearby woods with a destructive force that can not be resisted.
Outlining the plot does not do this film justice. It's a tone piece that broods, fogs and simmers its way to a brilliant conclusion. If you enjoyed films as polarising as Under the Skin or even the works of Tarkovsy, The Untamed has a spell worth surrending to.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
High Definition digital transfer
5.1 DTS-HD Master audio
Optional English subtitles
Reversible sleeve featuring original international art and newly commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
FIRST PRESSING ONLY:
Booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic and author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, writing by critic Jonathan Romney, the director's statement and extracts from the press book, illustrated with original stills