If you take away all the references to popular culture you're really talking about dangerous masturbation. Like auto-erotic asphyxiation. And yet these people come back changed by something unnamed. Which puts it more in the category of a drug, and an addiction, and how that can spiral out of control.
Sex is a complicated thing - to some, it's the jail that captures our real selves and desires beyond flesh, to others, it's the freedom needed to escape from the maze we have carelessly created to capture ourselves. Escalante beautifully captures the sadistic nature of humanity when it comes to pleasure.
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.
Algo que ha brillado por su ausencia en la obra de Amat Escalante, es la originalidad. Si HELI no era otra cosa que una recopilación de conocidas notas rojas en forma de película, ésta cinta se puede considerar un refrito de LA POSESION de Zulawski; no obstante, se trata de uno muy digno, en el que Escalante reflexiona sobre la aterradora idiosincracia y la doble moral ocultas bajo una máscara de normalidad aparente.
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 REGIÓN SALVAJE. All things considered, The Untamed is an unforgettable cinematic experience.