The Untamed (La Region Salvaje)
Director: Amat Escalanto
Cast: Kenny Johnstone, Simone Bucio, Fernando Corona
Genre: Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi
Language: Spanish with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Mexico-Denmark--France-Germany-Norway-Switzerland. 2016. 100 mins. (18)
Released by Arrow Films
'The Untamed,' Amat Escalante's follow up to 'Heli,' which won Best Director at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival is a lust with sci-fi fable of the healing and destructive power of sex which plays with desire, hypocrisy, aggression and oppression and for good luck throws in an alien tentacled, sex bomb creature, the ultimate source of sexual pleasure that arrived on an asteroid and is cared for by a middle-aged couple in an isolated cabin in the Guanajuato countryside - it's lust with a sci-fi touch.
Alejandra (Ruth Ramos) lives with her two children and her loutish, self-hating, hypocrite husband Angel (Jesus Meza) who's having an affair with her brother Fabian (Eden Villavicencio) - I wanna see you, wanna f....' 'I'll break your face, faggot.'
Veronica (Simone Bucio) is treated by Fabian for a dog bite, which is really an alien sex related wound and introduces him to the cabin in the woods. - 'It's the most beautiful thing you'll see in this life.'
On meeting Veronica, Alejandra, the victim of an emotionally destructive, violent and sexually unsatisfactory marriage finds the strength to leave Angel.
Homophobia and misogyny dangled in a bizarre, sensual, erotic and surreal domestic drama package with a wonderfully weird sci-fi touch. Polish director Andrzej Zulawski's influence is seen and maybe we can slot in a Lars Von Trier touch with cinematographer Manuel Alberto Claro who shot 'Nymphomaniac.