The Untamed 2016
La región salvaje (original title)
Not Rated | 1h 38min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi | 21 July 2017 (USA)
Alejandra is a young mother who works her in-laws’ candy factory and raises her two children, along with her husband Ángel, in a small city in Mexico. She has an unhappy marriage. Her brother Fabián is a nurse at a local hospital and lover of her husband. Their provincial lives are altered with the arrival of Veronica who becomes Fabian’s girlfriend. Sex and love are fragile in certain regions where family values exist, and where hypocrisy, homophobia, and machismo are strong. Veronica convinces them that in the nearby forest, in an isolated hut, there is something mysterious that is the answer to all their problems. It is something which they can not resist its power.
Acclaimed Barcelona director Amat Escalante (Heli – 2013 Cannes Best Director) leaps off into the sexual sci-fi world presenting a Mexican family (Alejandra – Ruth Ramos and Angel – Jesus Meza) who are embroiled in a boring and abusive relationship, while he secretly has a sexual relationship with her brother Fabián (Eden Villavicencio). If that’s not enough, sexually deprived outsider Veronica ( Simone Bucio) is having the best sex of her deprived life and she’s ready to share. If Escalante is banking on his 2013 Cannes win to get an audience, followers may have a rude awaking. While the story (written by Escalante and Gibrán Portela) between husband, wife and brother are solid, and the locations and the cinematography by Manuel Alberto Claro work, introducing Veronica, the alien (who’s arrival really isn’t established) and the alien back wood’s keepers is just silly. “The Untamed” is little more than a sexual voyeur’s (Escalante’s) paradise of the far-fetched semi-sci-fi kind.
Director: Amat Escalante
Writers: Amat Escalante, Gibrán Portela
Stars: Ruth Ramos, Simone Bucio, Jesús Meza
Country: Mexico | Denmark | France | Germany | Norway | Switzerland
Language: Spanish | English
Release Date: 21 July 2017 (USA)
Also Known As: The Untamed