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266 Ratings

The Untamed

La región salvaje

Directed by Amat Escalante
Mexico, Denmark, 2016
Drama, Sci-Fi


A meteorite crashes on an isolated part of a mountain. Meanwhile, at a nearby town in the Mexican lowlands, a young couple in crisis struggles to find themselves but cannot avoid destroying each other in the process. Something out of this world will come to alter their lives.

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The Untamed Directed by Amat Escalante
In The Untamed, which tells the tale of a group of troubled people who find solace by engaging in all-consuming intercourse with an irresistible, many-tentacled sex alien — who traveled to Earth on the meteor that made the crater — a fantastical premise collides with Escalante’s solemn realism, making for a quiet, unforgettable mash-up, inspired by director Andrzej Zulawski’s Possession.
July 19, 2017
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Each brief glimpse of the creature’s fleshy, slithering mass imbues the character drama with an aching sexual desire and, as the violent potential of the entity becomes clear, a mounting sense of dread.
July 14, 2017
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Although the combination of relationship melodrama and surrealist sci-fi/horror may sound improbable, the control exhibited in Escalante’s direction and the suggestive resonances of his script make this one of the year’s most offbeat and fascinating films.
November 29, 2016
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