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
Some of the protestors who barge into the house can be heard chanting "so-so-so-solidarité" (French for solidarity). This is a common chant at left-wing rallies in Quebec, where the movie was filmed. Film extras are usually drawn from the nearby population, so they were probably Québécois. See more »
When Woman brings Mother some lemonade, the ridges in the plaster change between scenes. See more »
"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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