‘The Nightingale' Continues to Shock Audiences

The controversy continues for Jennifer Kent‘s “The Nightingale” which sparked fiery debate at the just-concluded Sydney Film Festival. The polarizing reaction was nothing new for the down-under revenge saga. What seems to be triggering people is the film’s consistent portrayal of violence, both sexual and non, towards women. There must have been around five rape scenes that I counted in this film, no joking around. I personally didn’t care for “The Nightingale” and its needless use of shock brutality, the cartoonish portrayal of relentlessly evil scumbags, the meandering and unnecessarily long narrative. I know many at Venice and Sundance liked it but it was such a slog for me.