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The Untamed

Magic and gritty realism. Horror and eroticism. This eccentric Mexican film manages to expertly, and shockingly, connect these opposites.

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Director |  Amat Escalante

Mexico, Denmark, France, Switzerland, Norway  | 2016

100 minutes

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With  | Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza, Edén Villavicencio, Kenny Johnston

Language | Spanish

Subtitles | Dutch

The Untamed

Alejandra’s husband has a secret relationship with her gay brother who works in a hospital. One day a girl is brought in who claims to have been bitten by a dog. The truth is more gruesome. In a cabin in the woods lives a monster... Magic and gritty realism. Horror and eroticism. This eccentric Mexican film manages to expertly, and shockingly, connect these opposites.

The most notorious scenes in the film, in which characters are enveloped by monstrous tentacles, are a direct homage to Zulawski’s Possession. But director Escalante has other things on his mind as well. The sexual agendas of the main characters are dominated by frustration and secrets, and in a way the monster is a mirror of their sexual wellbeing. The gritty realism of the characters is so cleverly linked to the magical place in the woods, that it never feels as if these two worlds were forcibly stuck together. The film works on all levels and makes the eroticism in the film threatening, alluring and fascinating as well.