Opens Aug 30, 2019
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.
"With The Babadook and now The Nightingale, Kent joins the ranks of a few dozen precious filmmakers able to transport us somewhere awful and beautiful, challenging us every step of the way." (Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune)
"Just as she did in The Babadook, Kent maintains tension for so long at a stretch that you do not notice you have forgotten to breathe until it finally eases up." (Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle)
"It's clear that Kent seeks to turn her gaze not just on the subjects of the past but the audience of the present, turning our own desires -- at their most coarsely visceral and crassly sentimental -- back on ourselves." (Ann Hornaday, Washington Post)
A note from IFC: This film depicts potentially triggering acts of sexual violence toward women, violence toward children, and violence motivated by racism.