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Throughout the entire movie, no one's name is ever mentioned and not a single character is ever referred to by any name. Characters are listed in the end credits by their roles in the story.
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There is no musical score for the film, and not a single bit of music appears in the film whatsoever until the end credits, where "The End of the World" plays covered by singer Patti Smith. Although there is a piece of music being played in background before the chaos scene
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Jennifer Lawrence is barefoot for almost the entire movie.
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The movie's marketing team came under a good amount of fire after they hired an artist to paint a mural of the film in Sydney, Australia. Apparently, the mural covered up a 20-year-old painting by a local artist depicting animals in a cityscape below the words "it's like a jungle sometimes." This line refers to a song by Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five.

Darren Aronofsky was embarrassed about the mural being painted over the historic piece of art and apologized on behalf of the ad agency, Apparition Media. A spokesperson for the agency said they were unaware of the iconic nature of the mural and regretted their "terrible mistake."

The agency has since contacted the mural's original artist and offered their help in restoring the artwork to its original form.
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The Mother! poster is a replica of the Rosemary's Baby (1968) poster (horror directed by Roman Polanski).
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Jennifer Lawrence described Michelle Pfeiffer's work in the film as her best performance and revealed that she forgot her lines during one scene when Pfeiffer was walking towards her because she was so taken with the color of her eyes.
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The Golden Raspberry Awards, the anti Oscars that give awards to bad movies, received backlash when they nominated Jennifer Lawrence for Worst Actress, and also nominating Javier Bardem for Worst Actor and Darren Aronofsky for Worst Director. Even detractors who disliked the film stated that her performance was one of the film's only redeeming qualities.
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Kristen Wiig was the last actor cast in the film and was selected at the last minute for the role of the herald, after she finally made time in her schedule to appear in another film. She accepted out of a desire to work with Darren Aronofsky.
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After mother walks in on man and woman having sex, the next scene shows mother confronting them again in the same room and woman answers the door, her bra appears to have a leaf motif to it. This is a clear reference to when Adam and Eve covered up their nudity with leaves after eating the forbidden fruit.
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There is a recurring theme of yellow fluids through the film. Mother repeatedly drinks an unnamed yellow medicine. She paints the walls with yellow paint. Woman makes a big fuss about her lemonade, and leaves yellow lemons lying around the kitchen. And there are several scenes evoking urine, with characters either using the toilet or wetting themselves.
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Jennifer Lawrence took a year off from making movies after this working on film, which she found very taxing.
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Actors Brian Gleeson and Domhnall Gleeson, who play the two brothers in the movie, are brothers in real life.
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The following statement by Darren Aronofsky was released a week before the premiere: "It is a mad time to be alive. As the world population nears 8 billion we face issues too serious to fathom: ecosystems collapse as we witness extinction at an unprecedented rate; migrant crises disrupt governments; a seemingly schizophrenic US helps broker a landmark climate treaty and months later withdraws; ancient tribal disputes and beliefs continue to drive war and division; the largest iceberg ever recorded breaks off an Antarctic ice shelf and drifts out to sea. At the same time we face issues too ridiculous to comprehend: in South America, tourists twice kill rare baby dolphins that washed ashore, suffocating them in a frenzy of selfies; politics resembles sporting events; people still starve to death while others can order any meat they desire. As a species our footprint is perilously unsustainable yet we live in a state of denial about the outlook for our planet and our place on it. From this primordial soup of angst and helplessness, I woke up one morning and this movie poured out of me like a fever dream. All of my previous films gestated with me for many years but I wrote the first draft of Mother! (2017) in 5 days. Within a year we were rolling cameras. And now two years later, it is an honor to return to the Lido for the world premiere. I imagine people may ask why the film has such a dark vision. Hubert Selby Jr., the author of Requiem for a Dream (2000), taught me that through staring into the darkest parts of ourselves is where we find the light. "Mother!" begins as a chamber story about a marriage. At the center is a woman who is asked to give and give and give until she can give nothing more. Eventually, the chamber story can't contain the pressure boiling inside. It becomes something else which is hard to explain or describe. I can't fully pinpoint where this film all came from. Some came from the headlines we face every second of every day, some came from the endless buzzing of notifications on our smartphones, some came from living through the blackout of Hurricane Sandy in downtown Manhattan, some came from my heart, some from my gut. Collectively it's a recipe I won't ever be able to reproduce, but I do know this serving is best drunk as a single dose in a shot glass. Knock it back. Salute!" [Aug. 2017]
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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).
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Michelle Pfeiffer admitted not understanding the script the first time she read it, describing it as "esoteric." However, the actress committed to the project after becoming excited by the character she would be playing.
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The film received both boos and a standing ovation during its premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
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Jennifer Lawrence got so much into her character that during the climactic scenes, she started hyperventilating and even cracked a rib.
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Jennifer Lawrence helped come up with the idea of her character going barefoot throughout the film to emphasize her character's connection to the house.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky started dating during the production of this film.
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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.
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Darren Aronofsky said the exclamation point in the title is a reference to the last 30 minutes of the film.
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Originally titled Day 6, which was meant to be a title that references the biblical account of God creating the Earth and the Universe in 7 days, and the film's events would be an allegory for the 6th day in God's creation of the world.
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Paramount canceled the upcoming Friday the 13th film in order to move ahead with this film.
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Received an "F" CinemaScore, the worst possible score, which is very rare: Only 19 features have ever received an "F". [Sept. 2017]
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The symbol on man's lighter, which also appears on his black bag, is a symbol of the Berber people of North Africa.
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Jennifer Lawrence dropped out of The Rosie Project in order to work with Darren Aronofsky on this movie.
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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.
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Darren Aronofsky wrote the first draft of the script in just five days.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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There is a 21 year age gap between Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence, who play a married couple in this film.
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The film was shot using 16 mm film. This is the fourth time Darren Aronofsky has shot a film on this format.
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Jennifer Lawrence met with Darren Aronofsky to hear his ideas before there was a script. After she read the script, she said she was so shaken by it that she threw it across the room.
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According to writer/director Darren Aronofsky his inspirations for the film included Luis Buñuel's The Exterminating Angel (1962) and Susan Griffin's 1978 book "Women and Nature".
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The film cast includes two Oscar winners: Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence; and three Oscar nominees: Ed Harris, Kristen Wiig and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Jóhann Jóhannsson wrote the original score for this movie before it was replaced at his behest, according to IndieWire.
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Edinburgh educated sculptor Jessica Harrison is the artist whose works are referenced in the film's poster image released on Mothers Day 2017. Aronofsky cited Harrison as an inspiration, especially her 'broken' figurines works.
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With a US box office of only $7.5m on the first weekend, this was Jennifer Lawrence's worst wide release opening ever. [2017]
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Prior to the start of principal photography the cast rehearsed for three months in a warehouse during which time Aronofsky was able to "get a sense of movement and camera movement, and learn from that".
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The release date was originally set for October 13, but it was pushed forward to September 15.
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In the film, there are 11 scenes that are strikingly similar to 11 scenes from the thriller House of Good and Evil (2013)
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Darren Aronofsky submitted a written statement about the film when it premiered at the Venice Film Festival, in which he revealed that he wrote the first draft of the script in 5 days ("a fever dream," he called it) and that the idea was inspired by current events, "the endless buzzing of notifications on our smartphones," and his experiences going through Hurricane Sandy in downtown Manhattan. "It is a mad time to be alive," he wrote. He also wrote that the film should be "drunk as a single dose in a shot glass. Knock it back."
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First collaboration between Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer.
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Jennifer Lawrence says "excuse me" about 7 times in the film.
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Jennifer Lawrence and Andreas Apergis have both appeared in X-Men Days of Future Past.
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Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse and Laurence Leboeuf, who have minor roles in the film, both starred together in the TV miniseries Human Trafficking (2005). Interestingly enough, in both productions, their characters do not meet or interact, and share no scenes.
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

During an interview with Indiewire, Aronofsky explained the concept of the movie: "Lawrence is Gaia, or Mother Earth, while her house represents the world -- a living, breathing organism being destroyed by its inhabitants. Her husband, known as 'Him' in the film, is God. Out of boredom, he creates Adam and Eve (the couple), who proceed to destroy both Gaia's creation and His study (the Garden of Eden), which holds God's perfect crystal (the apple). Their quarrelling sons are Cain and Abel. They also bring worshipers to praise God, who keep sitting on mother's unsupported sink, and eventually, cause the pipes to burst into a 'Great Flood'. God impregnates mother, who gives birth to the Messiah -- a chaotic sequence followed by a disquieting communion and Revelations."
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When the husband is holding the doctor over the toilet, mother notices him covering a wound on the doctor's chest. Going with the biblical theme of the movie this is probably the rib God took from Adam. The next day the doctors wife (Eve) arrives at the house.
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In keeping with the biblical allegory of the film, the guests begin mocking Mother Nature by bouncing on the sink that she has told them not to sit on. This leads to the house flooding and all of the guests being gone, a reference to the great flood in the Bible wiping out most of humanity.
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Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse, Jennifer Lawrence, and Laurence Lebeouf all essentially play the same character in the movie, mother. Labrosse is the previous mother that dies before Lawrence comes to life, and Lebeouf is the new mother that comes to life after Lawrence dies. This heavily implies that these events will be an endless cycle.
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After the house has descended into chaos once Him's fans storm in, mother walks around trying to get to safety and sees various acts of cruelty and violence including sex trafficking, scenes alluding to political protesting, religious execution of non believers, and human sacrifice for the sake of religion. According to the filmmakers, these scenes are all meant to be a criticism of humanity's worst faults and of religious and political fanaticism.
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Jennifer Lawrence appears in every scene of the film, except the opening and the closing scenes.
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The character of Him is frequently referred to as "the poet". This word comes from the Greek "poietes", which means maker or creator. Indeed, being God, he is the creator of the world.
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man's lighter, which appears throughout the film bears the Wendehorn, a symbol believed to represent "the cooperation between nature's eternal laws, working in effect and in accordance with each other." This same lighter is what mother uses to destroy the house with the oil tank and kill everyone inside.
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A combination of a real baby, and four animatronic babies were used to create mother's baby. The real one for her to hold, and the other animatronic ones were used for the climatic scene where the crowd of people hold and start passing the baby around right before its neck snaps, which obviously couldn't be done with a real baby.
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One of the film's unexplained elements is the yellow tonic that mother pours into water to drink, which is implied to be a medicine to calm her nerves. An article on The Daily Beast suggests this is a reference to Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper". It is worth noting that she stops drinking this yellow powder when she becomes pregnant.
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A full prosthetic replica of the riot police officer's head was created for the scene where his jaw is blown off by a shotgun as he's trying to help mother in her house that's descended into chaos.
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Aronofsky has stated that mother's baby is a messiah. This is confirmed by the fact that he is the son of Him (God), the fact that Him's followers offer gifts for the newborn (the gifts of the Magi), and the fact that after the baby's death (the crucifixion), the religious leader says he is not dead (faith in Christ's resurrection), the worshippers eat his flesh (just as the eating of communion wafers symbolizes the eating of Chist's flesh). Additionally, mother may be a virgin mother, like the Virgin Mary. Indeed, she tells Him "you can't even fuck me", suggesting they may have never had sex. Even though she gets pregnant, she is not shown having sex with Him. After they kiss and head toward the bedroom, she looks to the sky and the screen fades to white (white being a symbol of virginity).
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During the riots that happen in the house, some of the chants were actual chants from Egypt in the Egyptian revolution.
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When the human traffickers are speaking to each other, right after checking Mother's teeth, they are speaking in Albanian.
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Despite high billing, Kristen Wiig has only about 5 minutes of screen time.
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Aronofsky has explained that Him is God. As the film begins, Him is a writer who hasn't been able to write anything new for a long time. The book he wrote, which earns great praise from his fans, may be understood to be the Old Testament, or Torah, and its followers represent the ancient Jews, the first monotheists. When he impregnates mother (the impregnation of the Virgin Mary), he is suddenly inspired to write something new, which earns him even more followers. This second work represents the New Testament, the basis of Christianity. The explosion of his fan base after the second book reflects the fact that Christianity has far more followers than Judaism.
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The " ! " in the title Mother! Is used to represent the chaos that takes place in the second half of this film
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The graphic death of the newborn baby in the ending led to difficulties in finding a distributor for the film. 20th Century Fox turned away the script (after having worked with Aronofsky for quite a few films) along with several other studios, because of this scene. Paramount pictures was only convinced to pick up the film after seeing who would be cast as the characters.
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The end credits are all being simultaneously written as they scroll down, and as Javier Bardem's poet character is supposed to represent a creator, God, this implies that he is still creating even as the movie ends.
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In a Q&A after the film at the Landmark in Los Angeles on September 16, 2017, Aronofsky confirmed that the title "mother!" refers to Mother Nature, whom Lawrence portrays, and that the main characters are based on biblical characters. Bardem is billed as "Him," the only credit with a capital letter; he's God. Harris is Adam, Pfeiffer is Eve, and their sons are Cain and Abel.
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Mother's wound that is visible on her chest on the poster is foreshadowing for the fact her heart will be ripped out of her burnt and dying body by Him, and display the crystal that he finds inside on his shelf again.
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Him (Javier Bardem) has a capital "H" in his credited character name and, near the end, says, "I am I," which is a line God uses in scripture.
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The film's second and final minutes are almost identical, distinguished only by Jennifer Lawrence appearing in the opening and Laurence Leboeuf in the ending, and by Javier Bardem's laughter in the ending.
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Kristen Wiig plays against type in only her second non-comedic film appearance, following All Good Things (2010). "mother!" is also Wiig's first horror film and features her first onscreen death scene, where her character is killed by an explosion.
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When mother first paints the wall, she makes a single diagonal stroke of dark gray paint, from upper-right to lower-left. Later, when the house is invaded by the poet's fans, he makes an identical paint stroke with his thumb on the foreheads of his followers. Subsequently, after the baby is born, many of his followers have this mark on their forehead.
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The opening shot being repeated toward the end is heavily influenced by the film Crimson Peak (2015).
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The film is a telling of mother nature, hence the title mother! And also explains the lack of names for characters other than descriptive epithets. The house represents Earth, with Jennifer Lawrence representing Mother nature. Javier Bardem's character apprently represents God according to Arronofsky. Michelle Pfeiffer and Ed Harris are adam and eve. With the Gleeson brothers being Cain and Abel. The metaphors continue on throughout the film.
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