This story follows Clare Carroll (Aisling Franciosi), a young Irish convict who seeks vengeance for the brutal murder of her family at the hands of the cruel Lieutenant Hawkins (Sam Claflin) and his men.
Clare enlists the help of an Aboriginal tracker named Billy (Baykali Ganambarr), who agrees to guide her through the bush in pursuit of Hawkins in exchange for payment.
Her initial hostility towards Billy softens as she acknowledges the parallels between their plights: both have had their family, homeland, language, freedom and dignity stripped away by the British.
The Nightingale from director Jennifer Kent delivers exceptional performances, in a film that is not only haunting and powerful, but vital.
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