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.
Difficult and initially unsatisfying, I haven't stopped thinking about since I saw it 2 weeks ago. A complex exploration of the dark side of sexual desire. The film's biggest credit is that its disturbing central metaphor, and the main draw of the film, plays second fiddle to the subtle, penetrating, brilliantly acted domestic dramas. It's almost a more metaphysical, bleaker, deadpan "A Serious Man". It's brilliant.
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.
Au-delà de l'énoncé primaire et symbolique du scénario qui évoque et convoque avec un certain bonheur reptilien la suffocation dévorante du désir, l'œuvre s'englue et se dissipe dans des additifs surnuméraires, souvent bouffonnes de l'intrigue, pour faire du remplissage et des inutilités en pagaille pour notre plus grinçant désappointement. www.cinefiches.com
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.
A realist drama with alien tentacle eroticism. Reminded me of the films of Reygadas, and at some points even von Trier’s “Antichrist”. In essence it tells about uncontrollable sexual desires and the search for the ultimate physical pleasure even if it can destroy you or your family. This dark side of humanity comes in form of an alien, to highlight perhaps how alien our biological desires feel to our conscious self.