Shrew’s Nest (2014)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 28

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AKA: Musaranas
Directed by: Juanfer Andrés, Esteban Roel
Starring: Macarena Gomez (Montse), Nadia de Santiago (The Girl), Luis Tosar (Father), Hugo Silva (Carlos), Carolina Bang (Elisa), Lucía de la Fuente (Young Montse)
Country: Spain; Effed Up European Movies
Language: Spanish; Effed Up Spanish Cinema
Runtime: 01:31:20
Genres: Gruesome, Incest, Childhood, Domestic Abuse, Siblings-Family, Drugs, Captivity, Mental Illness

Plot – Spoilers:
In post-War Spain, an 18-year-old nameless (to us) girl shares an uneasy relationship with the much-older Montse, who’s brought her up more as a daughter than sister, following the loss of their father. The unease in the relationship mostly stems from Montse’s overprotectiveness that includes physical abuse and which feels like stifling control to the girl. Apart from this, the two share comfortable roles within the household. The girl works at a nearby shop to supplement Montse’s tailoring skills that have earned her a loyal and admiring clientele, and Montse on her part makes sure she has hot meals ready for the girl’s lunchbreaks.

Shrews are claimed to to be wildly territorial, and Montse similarly fiercely defends their lives from being intruded into, though this is off late getting harder, with the girl growing up. Montse’s territorial behavior is more in reverse though. Not only is she terrified of the girl one day leaving her, but she also suffers from crippling agoraphobia foisted on her by an abusive father. So for now, Montse prowls the four walls of her apartment, addicted to morphine and staving off tormenting visions of her contemptuous father that plunge her into states of despair or melancholy.

Then one sudden day, a man falls down the stairs and rolls up at her door. It’s that one in a million chance that Montse ever had of having a man in her life. And she’s eager to not let it go.

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fred fat
fred fat
June 18, 2022 7:42 pm

a big thank you – i mentioned this in one of my comments – not as a request – but would thoroughly recommend – this is how you do horror

Viva Fred fat
Viva Fred fat
Reply to  fred fat
June 19, 2022 5:09 pm

Nice to see you back, my fat Asian friend

Steph
Steph
June 23, 2022 9:43 am

Ha! I thought I was wrong about the twist but it came in at the very end!! This was good, I enjoyed it.

Murderer (homicide)
Murderer (homicide)
Reply to  Steph
June 27, 2022 10:07 am

So at the end when she find the photo..who is see? Montse or the mother that look alike..

joeyisafag
joeyisafag
Reply to  Murderer (homicide)
June 27, 2022 10:31 am

Montse is her mother.

john
john
June 24, 2022 4:35 am

that was awesome

Badmoviejoe
Badmoviejoe
June 25, 2022 9:13 am

I have been learning Spanish for a month. Spanish from Spain is a little hard to follow because the weird lisp. But I’m happy to say I ignored the subs and was mostly able to understand the film. And super enjoyed it. BTW montse is kinda cute.

muffles
muffles
Reply to  Badmoviejoe
June 25, 2022 9:37 am

How do you learn so quickly? One month and you can understand a film is massively impressive.

Badmoviejoe
Badmoviejoe
Reply to  muffles
June 25, 2022 3:23 pm

I’m from Southern California so my whole life we had to take Spanish. But I’d take the semester (13 weeks) and never use it. So I already had a base. I was able to have a basic conversation with a 3 year old. Now I’m having conversations with coworkers. They know I’m trying my best so they ignore when I say something wrong. But duolingual app is pretty amazing. It’s free but you’ll get bored with it pretty fast. I’d say just pay for the year. It makes it so much better.

Dr Harris
Dr Harris
June 25, 2022 2:08 pm

Excellent… Spanish cinema never ever disappoints … This is yet another modern classic horror thriller.
Good story… Decent pace.. sympathetic lead characters… Got it all here

Alex
Alex
June 27, 2022 4:09 am

Fantastic movie, the plot twists, everything is really good.

Kikitza
Kikitza
June 29, 2022 1:29 pm

Great film, you might want to check Pan’s Labyrinth which leans more to the fantasy category yet it gave me nightmares as a kid

Maniac
Maniac
July 1, 2022 2:41 am

A family dispute between siblings with a slight twist at the end. Pretty well written, I did not see that one coming. Good movie