The Untamed


The Untamed

(Armat Escalante, 2016)

Rating: 3.5/5

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
  • Trailer
  • 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

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