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Mother! (2017)

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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Darren Aronofsky
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9 wins & 40 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jennifer Lawrence ... Mother
Javier Bardem ... Him
Ed Harris ... Man
Michelle Pfeiffer ... Woman
Brian Gleeson ... Younger Brother
Domhnall Gleeson ... Oldest Son
Jovan Adepo ... Cupbearer
Amanda Chiu ... Damsel
Patricia Summersett ... Consoler
Eric Davis Eric Davis ... Bumbler
Raphael Grosz-Harvey ... Philanderer
Emily Hampshire ... Fool
Abraham Aronofsky ... Wanderer
Luis Oliva ... Idler
Stephanie Ng Wan ... Whisperer

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Storyline

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 Nick Riganas

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seeing is believing

Genres:

Drama | Horror | Mystery

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First film by Darren Aronofsky not to feature Mark Margolis. The pair have collaborated on every one of the director's films since his debut with Pi (1998). See more »

Goofs

Around the beginning of the move (near 13:00), the furnace, which appears to be an antique from the early 1900's, turns on and lights up mysteriously on its own (such a furnace would be manually lit), but makes the sound of a natural gas furnace. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: [after waking up] Baby?
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Crazy Credits

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 »

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Soundtracks

The End of the World
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Trigger Warning
17 September 2017 | by jaywensley2004See all my reviews

"You never loved me. You only loved how I loved you." ---mother (Jennifer Lawrence) to Him (Javier Bardem)

Directed by Darren Aronofsky ("Black Swan" and "Requiem for a Dream") "mother!" is possibly the darkest, most disturbing movie I have ever seen.

It is absolutely one of the most affecting.

Reviews have been mixed, to put it nicely. But I think the theme of "mother!" terrifies some people so much that they choose to be perplexed by it rather than allow themselves to even think about what Aronofsky is suggesting.

My take on the film is that it is about God, humans, and our respective relationships with creation and the creative process.

Humans are trying to create Heaven on Earth, and God is....well....God created our ability to create. "mother!" is about the futility of OUR attempts.

It is about nihilism.

It is the abyss, looking back at us.

Congratulations to Darren Aronofsky: He got it on film. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐


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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,534,673, 17 September 2017

Gross USA:

$17,800,004

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$44,516,999
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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