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Shrew's Nest

BFI London Film Festival: Shrew's Nest

10 Oct 2014

Two sisters live a sheltered existence in post-Civil War Spain. Montse is agoraphobic and makes her living as a seamstress working from home while younger sister Elisa has a job outside their shared flat. Their mother allegedly died during childbirth and their father ‘disappeared’ during the Civil War. One day, Montse finds the upstairs neighbour, Carlos, injured on the stairs with a broken leg. She takes him in and begins caring for him, only there are things she doesn’t know about Carlos and he in turn doesn’t quite understand how much of a crush she is developing for him. The resulting action provides an edge of your seat journey, fusing exuberant gore with tense (and at time wickedly funny) horror. Produced by Alex de la Iglesia, this impressive debut is rooted in a wonderful central performance by Macarena Gómez as the deranged Montse, and provides further evidence of the distinctive strengths of contemporary Spanish horror. [Maria Delgado]

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