A meteorite crashes on an isolated part of a mountain. Meanwhile, at a nearby town in the Mexican lowlands, a young couple in crisis struggles to find themselves but cannot avoid destroying each other in the process. Something out of this world will come to alter their lives.
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Possession + Japanese hentai (tentacular erotica) + Under the Skin + David Cronenberg. With lots of Mexican spices.The English title is vaguely abominable: they should have kept the original, La Région sauvage. All things considered, The Untamed is an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Despite the bold sex scenes, The Untamed occupies the same place as Under the Skin, another film that fails to arouse emotionally, and felt rather apathetic in its storytelling. As here, the dual storylines don't properly blossom or grip, nor do they compliment each other. Both films also should have used traditional storytelling techniques since their looseness renders them a fruitless attempt at intelligence.
There are kind of two movies going on here, neither fully fleshed-out, their coupling never quite solidified. THE UNTAMED never convinced me it needs to exist. I was very impressed w/ some aesthetic choices (and the phenomenal sound design). The closing credit 'in memoriam' shout-out to Żuławski makes sense; the movie cribs from POSSESSION. And everything that is impressive, clearly owes something to Carlos Reygadas.
The fact that Escalante went back to shoot an average flat movie is already a news. At least it's not a collection of silly shockers to make this generation's critics, who seem to have never seen a movie until the day before, scream and shout in their chairs at any festival.
Good but uneven movie. The domestic side that deals with sexuality, homophobia and misogyny works well throughout but when coupled with the "alien" things become quite nonsensical. It feels like a riff on Possession and Under The Skin without reaching any sort of clarity really. More like adding weirdness just for the sake of weird. Still a singular experience about repressed desires, sex and death.