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Mother! (2017)

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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Amidst a wild flat meadow encircled by an Edenic lush forest, a couple has cocooned itself in a secluded grand 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. And then, unexpectedly, a knock at the door and the sudden arrival of a cryptic late-night visitor and his intrusive wife will stimulate the writer's stagnant imagination, and 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 Nick Riganas

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Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2017 (USA)  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

AUD 697,113 (Australia) (17 September 2017)

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$17,800,004 (USA) (26 October 2017)
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With a US box office of only $ 7.5 mill. on the first weekend, this was Jennifer Lawrence's worst wide release opening ever. [2017] See more »

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The first time Mother calls 911 and hangs up after it was answered, the 911 dispatcher doesn't attempt to call back. In reality, 911 would immediately call back on a hang up call. See more »

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[first lines]
Mother: [after waking up] Baby?
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SPOILER: The H in Him (Javier Bardem) is the sole capital letter in any of the film's credits. See more »

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The End of the World
Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent
Vocals by Patti Smith
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The story makes about as much sense as tits on a bull.
18 September 2017 | by (Antwerp, Belgium) – See all my reviews

Director Darren Aronofsky's latest starts intriguing but ends up being obnoxious.

Jennifer Lawrence plays Mother, a young woman living in a remote mansion together with her partner whom is credited as Him (Javier Bardem). Bardem is a poet struggling with writer's block. Lawrence is renovating the house. One night a stranger (Ed Harris) knocks on the door. Bardem invites him in but Lawrence isn't exactly fond of their guest. The day after the man's wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) shows up. After the couple's sons (played by real-life brothers Domnhall & Brian Gleeson) make an appearance things get stranger to say the least.

'Mother!' starts off pretty well. It's mysterious and exciting at first but somewhere halfway through the movie suddenly turns into 'The Hobbit' (the uninvited guests who plunder Lawrence's kitchen). Afterwards it becomes boring. The movie is filled with religious symbolism and hidden meanings but the story makes about as much sense as tits on a bull.

Lawrence plays her role mostly well. The camera almost never leaves her throughout its 2 hour running time (think 'Son of Saul' although not as extreme). Unfortunately when the story goes down the drain so does Lawrence's performance. During the third act her part is limited to screaming and groaning although at least you still feel sympathy for her. Bardem adds little. Then again the dialogue is severely lacking so there isn't much to work with. Luckily Ed Harris is always good and Pfeiffer really shines. The house also plays a part but it isn't as exciting as you would expect. Apart from the walls that seem to be communicating with Lawrence and a hole in the floor that resembles a lady's private parts there's nothing there.

The idea of following Lawrence that closely works well although Aronofsky and his cinematographer Matthew Libatique pass up some great opportunities to insert some elaborate tracking shots. 'Mother!' borrows a lot from 'Rosemary's Baby'. Big difference however is that the latter is a good movie.

Aronofsky wants people to talk about his movie and he will definitely succeed in that. It's different and audacious, especially the climax. Too bad he chooses excessive violence over a coherent story.

That's not to say there isn't an audience for this type of movie. Whether you like it or not 'Mother!' will stay with you for a while.


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