‘The Nightingale’: Aisling Franciosi Discusses Her Harrowing Star Turn & The Rigorous Sensitivity Of Director Jennifer Kent [Interview]

Published on Aug 15, 2019

Many who’ve seen Jennifer Kent’s new revenge epic “The Nightingale” have sensed a traumatic link to her prior outing, “The Babadook” (2014). In both films, a stranded woman is confronted with malice beyond her imagination. Whether inflicted by a black-cloaked demon or the British Empire, the ensuing scars come to redefine her humanity.

But trauma is just the subject matter of “The Nightingale” and “The Babadook.” If there’s a commonality in authorship between the two films it’s that Kent is implicitly and explicitly challenging audiences with her portrayals of pain.

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Author: Chance Solem-Pfeifer