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Swallow (2019)

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Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Haley Bennett ... Hunter
Austin Stowell ... Richie Conrad
Denis O'Hare ... Erwin
Elizabeth Marvel ... Katherine Conrad
David Rasche ... Michael Conrad
Luna Lauren Velez ... Lucy
Zabryna Guevara ... Alice
Laith Nakli ... Luay
Babak Tafti ... Aaron
Nicole Kang ... Bev
Olivia Perez ... Nim
Kristi Kirk ... Lillian
Alyssa Bresnahan ... Jill
Maya Days ... Dr. Santos (as Laura Dias)
Elise Santora ... Dr. Reyes


Against the backdrop of insufferable domestic ennui, the soft-spoken former saleswoman and newlywed housewife, Hunter, is struggling to stretch the bars of her gilded cage, a lavish and immaculate modernist villa in New York, even though she seems to have it all. But, more and more, as sad Hunter tries, unsuccessfully, to meet her controlling family's expectations, compliance turns into submission, obedience transforms into obsession, and pica, a compulsive eating disorder, starts to take over. Now, swallowing non-nutritive objects and engaging in increasingly impossible tasks becomes Hunter's dangerous newfound addiction, and there's no telling how far she'll go to maintain a false and fleeting sense of power. Who can save Hunter from herself? Written by Nick Riganas

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Rated R for language, some sexuality and disturbing behavior | See all certifications »

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Movie Choked On Its Smugness
13 October 2020 | by jamericanbeautySee all my reviews

Haley Bennett is one of my favorite actresses. Externally, she looks like an ice-cold pretty blonde, but there's something vulnerable about her. Her eyes hide some dark, ugly and sad secret. Her in a movie about a strange subject matter I know little about was exciting. I anticipated a psychological thriller about what compels a woman to swallow inedible and harmful objects. More of her backstory pre-marriage would've been nice. Where's the character development? Instead I got a visual lecture about lambs being slaughtered to bring lamb chops to our plates. Am I supposed to feel guilty about eating meat? Is this a vegan psa? A psychiatrist actually asked her patient why her Mom didn't abort her because she was a product of rape. The patient responds her family is "right-wing religious nuts". My Jamaican, lifelong Democrats parents, don't believe in abortion. Why is this movie pushing an agenda and generalizing people? Then, there's the total disregard for life, as if it can literally be flushed away like waste. The acting was good. Agenda pushing aside, it wasn't a bad movie. The script lacked imagination, curiosity, depth and intelligence, about a strange, intriguing eating disorder, rarely explored or discussed.

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Release Date:

5 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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New York City, New York, USA See more »


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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (as Dolby 5.1)



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2.39 : 1
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