Mother!

Jennifer Lawrence is at one with the wall
Verdict: 
6/10 - A deeply unpleasant and unsettling watch, view at your own peril
Release Date: 
Friday, September 15, 2017
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Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem play a husband and wife torn apart when their home is invaded in this twisted psychological horror.

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There has been a heightened level of secrecy around Darren Aronofsky's latest project, and the announced plot actually reveals very little about what happens, but that is probably best as what goes down is incredibly hard to decipher.

Jennifer Lawrence, who is simply called 'Mother' in the credits, lives in a huge house in the middle of nowhere with her husband, known as 'Him' (Javier Bardem), and the pair appear to have a tranquil life; she is repairing the house following a fire and he is a poet struggling with writer's block.

Their peace is interrupted though with the arrival of Ed Harris’ 'Man', a fan of the poet's work, who is told he can stay with them for as long as he wants, despite protests from the poet's wife.

The visitor's nasty wife (Michelle Pfeiffer), who asks very private, intrusive questions, then shows up, but it gets even worse when their arguing sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson) arrive and things turn violent.

Despite the chaos, the poet refuses to make the fan and his wife leave, as their company is bringing life into their house and he does nothing to stop the increasing number of people coming in, although it is essentially pushing Mother towards a mental breakdown.

The film has an unsettling quality from the beginning as it is clear that nothing is what it seems and the uneasiness and intensity builds and builds every time a new person arrives.

Luckily, viewers get a slight reprieve when Lawrence's character falls pregnant, but nothing will prepare them for what comes next.

The number of people coming into the house continues to increase until it becomes overrun with strangers, who rip it apart and undo all Mother's hard work while the poet seems oblivious.

It becomes increasingly loud, chaotic and claustrophobic and is quite stressful to watch, so it’s easy for the audience to sympathise with how Lawrence's Mother is feeling.

The movie is really bloody, violent and disturbing in places and is likely to shock the faint-hearted.

The tension grips and doesn't let go, which makes for some quite uncomfortable viewing.

It is not clear what Aronofsky is trying to say with the film, perhaps something about being fame hungry and needing validation from many people, but it is likely we'll never know.

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