Shrew's Nest

Shrew's Nest ★★★★

"I've turned this house into a giant coffin from which I cannot escape."

Honestly, this just felt like Misery lite for a while (featuring a dude with a knackered leg probably didn't help) but holy shit does Shrew's Nest come into its own in the final half hour.

After the death of her mother and the disappearance of her father, it fell upon Montse to care for her younger sister. The film takes place many years later and Montse suffers severely from agoraphobia, preventing her from leaving the house. Their young neighbour falls down the stairwell and is assisted by Montse, who cares for him but she quickly becomes possessive. The family's dark history slowly unfurls and Montse's mental state becomes increasingly unstable.

Shrew's Nest begins as a steady character study but slowly descends into a bleak hellscape. The psychological underpinnings and character motivations feel credible, bolstered by the convincing performances from Macarena Gómez and Nadia de Santiago. Despite the slasher-esque culmination, the handling of mental health doesn't become too distasteful and there's a definite sentimentality given to the characters. The final 20 minutes or so are pretty bonkers and almost feel like an amalgamation of Maniac and A Tale of Two Sisters (I'm probably reaching there, mind you).

Shrew's Nest is a bleak blend of trauma and tragedy with a chilling reveal towards the end. Despite falling into familiar territory all too often and taking a while to gain momentum, the payoff at the end is more than worth it.

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