Amidst a wild flat meadow encircled by an Edenic lush forest, a couple have cocooned themselves in a secluded mansion that was not so long ago burned to the ground, devotedly restored by the supportive wife. Within this safe environment, the once famous middle-aged poet husband is desirous of creating his magnum opus; however, he seems unable to break out of the persistent creative rut that haunts him. Then, unexpectedly, a knock at the door, the sudden arrival of a cryptic late-night visitor and his intrusive wife will stimulate the writer's stagnant imagination. Little by little, much to the perplexed wife's surprise, the more chaos he lets in their haven, the better for his punctured male ego. In the end, will this incremental mess blemish, irreparably, the couple's inviolable sanctuary?Written by
After filming the scene in which Jennifer Lawrence hyperventilated and cracked a rib (and production was put on hold while she was placed on oxygen), members of the crew came up with the idea to make Lawrence her very own "happy place," a small room to keep her relaxed and steady during filming. It was a tent complete with scented candles, gumballs, and a TV with clips of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" that play on a constant loop. See more »
When Mother breastfeeds her baby, during one shot, she has a scar on her forehead. During the next shot, there is not a blemish on her face. See more »
The music in the first half of the end credits is followed by a long period with only quiet ambient noise. The near-silence is broken when Javier Bardem's character's calligraphy is inscribed in white ink next to (and sometimes over) the remaining credits. See more »
I thought this was worth its salt even though it did tend towards cliché as it wore on. The disappointing aspect of this film is that Jennifer Lawrence somehow portrays an ego that is beyond the character. It's a kind of "you know that I know I'm only acting this and the real movie is me" that seems to have perpetuated in every film she had made since Silver linings Playbook, bar X-Men (when she was covered in paint and having to "live in" the previous "humble" shoes of Rebecca Romijn) and American Hustle (where she was greedy White Trash). She needs a director who can "humble her down", in the same way Eastwood did for Jolie in Changeling, so that her ego is less of a distraction for her acting.
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