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.
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
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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