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Mother!

The devoted wife (Jennifer Lawrence) of a revered poet (Javier Bardem) finds her privacy breached when he invites into their baronial old house an elderly doctor (Ed Harris) and the doctor's rapier-tongued spouse (Michelle Pfeiffer); by the end of the movie, as the heroine prepares to give birth, the house is besieged by the poet's rabid fans, who help themselves to everything in sight and trash the place. Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky, this allegorical and finally pretentious psychodrama often recalls his Requiem for a Dream (2000) in its depiction of a home rotting into madness, though functionally the film is just an old-fashioned woman-in-peril thriller (with the gutsy Lawrence badly miscast as a shrinking violet) crossed with Monty Python's nihilistic big-screen comedy The Meaning of Life.

Credits

Director:

  • Darren Aronofsky

Cast:

  • Jennifer Lawrence
  • Javier Bardem
  • Ed Harris
  • Michelle Pfeiffer
  • Domhnall Gleeson
  • Brian Gleeson
  • Stephen McHattie
  • Kristen Wiig
  • Jovan Adepo

Producers:

  • Darren Aronofsky
  • Scott Franklin
  • Ari Handel
  • Mark Heyman
  • Jeff Waxman

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