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Nightingale (2014)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 17 June 2014 (USA)
A lonely war veteran psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit.


Elliott Lester
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
David Oyelowo ... Peter Snowden
Barlow Jacobs ... Robert Beasley (voice)
Heather Storm ... Newscaster (voice)


A lonely war veteran psychologically unravels ahead of an old friend's impending visit.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There's no escaping your own mind.


Crime | Drama


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Distributed by HBO Films. In the film, Peter remarks he "can't afford HBO, but can afford this", after taking a collapsible mirror out of a package. See more »


[Last lines]
Peter Snowden: Come, Lord Jesus. Come.
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References Thelma & Louise (1991) See more »


The Good Life
(La Belle Vie)
Music by Sacha Distel
French lyrics by Jean Broussolle
English lyrics by Jack Reardon
Performed by Matt Monro
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13 May 2020 | by frank-c-giuglianoSee all my reviews

It's not easy to call Nightingale horror. But then again if Nightingale isn't horror, what is? David Oyelowo stars in the 2014 film from Executive Producer Brad Pitt's entertainment company Plan B, helmed by Director Eliot Lester (Selma), as the tormented Peter Snowden, a man who is on the downside of a lifelong battle with mental illness. In this context the film solely relies on one-sided conversations on the telephone along with pitifully accurate vlog entries and their summonsed yet unsolicited comments.

The sparse production and singular location serves as a look into Snowden's lacking support system and also paints a picture of what loneliness truly looks like.

As we follow Snowden's descent into madness Lester feeds us the pieces of Snowden's life we need to begin to understand the psychosis that brings him to this moment in time. In doing so Lester reminds us that mental illness is comprised of two parts; the first being the genetic makeup of an individual which makes it more likely to being susceptible to the illness and the second being the environment a person develops in, which plays a large role in a person's growth-or lack of.

At one time relatable and almost silly David Oyelowo's character work as Peter Snowden is complex; it almost appears too simple until we realize we've been fooled. Why do we question every interaction Snowden has with his acquaintances? Is he even speaking to another person on the other line or is every conversation living only in Snowden's mind? Viewers will know the answer to that question as concretely as Snowden himself knows for certain the difference between reality and psychosis.

All the weight of Nightingale rests on its very conclusion where the very talented David Oyelowo serves a lifetime of pain and then a way out. It's a bleak film, with an even bleaker ending. Then again, how many people do you know who suffer from severe mental disability who actually have their happy ending?

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