Shrew's Nest (2014)
Dir: Juanfer Andres, Esteban Roel
Set in Spain during the 1950's, a solitary agoraphobic woman named Montse, and her forcefully isolated younger sister La Nina, struggle to live normal lives. But when Nina starts to show an increasing interest in those living outside the apartment it causes jealous anger from her agoraphobia sister Montse. Montse is haunted by flashbacks of her religious cruel father, she in turn begins taking her anxieties out on Nina. Tensions come to a head when a male neighbor of the women falls down the stairs injuring his leg, and Montse takes him into the apartment to care for him. Now as Carlos falls for young Nina, it is Montse's jealously and suppressed rage that could kill them all.
Spanish cinema has a long, somewhat forgotten, history in the horror genre. "Shrews Nest" is a beautiful film through and through, and its beauty is matched only by its macabre brutality. Sets are lavishly designed to recreate the feel of 50's period Spain. The entire production from clothing, actresses, to makeup, and even the dialogue reflect this. It is then almost shocking to see the violent, murky, and sheer macabre underbelly hiding beneath. The acting throughout is astounding, believable, and provokes a level of sympathy from viewers. While the film revolves around isolation, religion, past trauma, and madness, it never stays from the realm of very real world horror. As a result of which the moments of raw visceral violence are elevated onto an uncommonly intense plane. Highly recommended.