Venice 2016 – In Competition
Venice 2016 – Winner – Silver Lion for Best Director
Young mother Alejandra is a working housewife, raising two boys with husband Angel in a small city. Her brother Fabian works as a nurse in a local hospital. Their provincial lives are upset with the arrival of mysterious Veronica. Sex and love can be fragile in certain regions where strong family values, hypocrisy, homophobia, and male chauvinism exist. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby woods, inside an isolated cabin, dwells something not of this world that could be the answer to all of their problems. Something whose force they cannot resist and with whom they must make peace or suffer its wrath...
A provocative allegory from the director of LOS BASTARDOS, SANGRE and HELI (Cannes 2013 - Best Director)
Sex, death and the extremely weird intersect – or perhaps that should be intertwine – to unnerving effect... But this unarguably disturbing and compelling cinematic UFO has cult potential in the same way as other sexually charged essays in the uncanny... A ferociously individual, highly intelligent piece and a superb, very affecting cast ensure that the human factor remains dominant, however creepily inhuman things may become at times.
— Jonathan Romney, SCREEN INTERNATIONAL
Strange mixture of sci-fi, socially conscious neo-realist drama and Freudian metaphor... What results is a particularly potent metaphor which should have enthusiasts of arthouse shock value thankful for something a bit extravagant and strange as it is intelligent... The Untamed is an aberrant sexual odyssey, as perverted as it is enticingly subversive.
— Nicholas Bell, IONCINEMA.COM
The Untamed (La Region Salvage) made up for the lack of secular sex on the screens (we just don’t see enough of it these days) with scenes of violent ecstasy provided by an tentacley alien creature in a dark forest which gave out such pleasure the recipients’ lives were altered drastically thereafter. It was a very strange and sexy film from rising star auteur Amat Escalante, a film for the most part set in the mundanity of family life but that grows to be about forbidden love, homosexuality, female desire, basic instincts and the untamed id. I have to say I thought it was great.
— Jason Solomons, UK CRITIC
“The Untamed” is a brazen leap of faith for any filmmaker... cautionary fable about both the healing power of sex and the harming power of sexual hypocrisy...
— Jessica Kiang, THE PLAYLIST