The Nightingale, dir. Jennifer Kent, Australia 2019, 136 min., English and Aboriginal with English subtitles, 18
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.
Jennifer Kent’s highly anticipated follow-up to The Badabook (2014), The Nightingale is a revenge tale that illustrates the fallout of violence, set against the backdrop of Australia’s colonial past.