Mother!

Mother!

DVD - 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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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 10, 2018

This very interesting film definitely took Jennifer Lawrence out of her comfort zone as she portrayed something out of this world. The film is heavily based on the bible and religious teachings, as well as the way that we treat our world. The movie made many people uncomfortable, understandably since there were many graphic scenes and disturbing characters, but I personally found it to be an excellent social commentary from the director’s point of view. There were some scenes where things did not seem to flow properly and dialogue seemed to be missing, but I also think that was intentional since the film was made to not only be seen, but experienced and questioned as well. It is definitely one of a kind, and I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those looking for something controversial and new. @The_Reviewer of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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mamabadger56
Aug 08, 2018

This seems pretty clearly to be meant as a Biblical analogy, with the Poet representing God, the Mother as the earth, and the marauding fans of the Poet as God's followers, who love Him but end up doing far more harm than good. The film is more or less divided into two parts, the second an altered and more intense version of the first, presumably referring to the Old and New Testament. The problem is, it just isn't a very good Biblical analogy. The symbolism is frequently way off, the story doesn't hang together, and some of the scenes are too prolonged and monotonous. As the filmmaker is an atheist, it may have been intended more as a Biblical critique than a metaphor; in that context it makes a bit more sense.
Note: contains some very gruesome horror scenes.

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Heatherco314
Aug 05, 2018

I was extremely haunted by this movie.

Place it on par with the darkness of Requiem & mind bending of Donnie Darko.
Just prepare yourselves for a very unnerving experience.

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5sizes2small
Aug 02, 2018

I really wasn't sure what to expect with this one. I love Aronofsky films in general so I figured I would enjoy it. I was a bit sad when my first guess as to what was happening was spot on. But I would watch it again to see what I missed the first time around. You really do need to enjoy films that don't spoon feed you the story line and what's happening.

LPL_SarahM Jul 30, 2018

Is it a Rosemary's Baby remake? Is it a commentary on climate change? Is it a biblical allegory? I'd say absolutely yes to all of the above. What I can't say for sure is if I even liked it. So... 3 stars?

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pkp413
Jul 29, 2018

This was by far the best movie I saw in 2018. This is Nocturnal Animals are probably the best two movies I've seen in the last couple of years. The Shape of water would be a close third.

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MonaLyssa33
Jul 29, 2018

It's a very strange movie. Lots of symbolism and after reading an interview from the director I can see the movie in a different light, but it's probably not something I'd watch again.

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misatim
Jul 24, 2018

Wow! it really is that bad! This proves money can't buy everything. I feel very sorry for the actors. The director has no talent and should never have another movie.

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uncommonreader
Jul 13, 2018

What an incredible waste of talent and money that went into the making of this film.

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akirakato
Jul 07, 2018

Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky in 2017, this American psychological horror-thriller explores the mind of a yound woman whose seemingly tranquil life with her husband at their country home gets disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious couple.
As a thriller it appears excellent into the two-thirds of the film.
Then it goes down to the stupidity and nonsense.
I hate this kind of movie to the hilt.

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jimg2000
Jan 15, 2018

Martin Scorsese on this film:

After I had a chance to see mother!, I was even more disturbed by this rush to judgment, and that's why I wanted to share my thoughts. People seemed to be out for blood, simply because the film couldn't be easily defined or interpreted or reduced to a two-word description. Is it a horror movie, or a dark comedy, or a biblical allegory, or a cautionary fable about moral and environmental devastation? Maybe a little of all of the above, but certainly not just any one of those neat categories.

Is it a picture that has to be explained? What about the experience of watching mother!? It was so tactile, so beautifully staged and acted — the subjective camera and the POV reverse angles, always in motion … the sound design, which comes at the viewer from around corners and leads you deeper and deeper into the nightmare … the unfolding of the story, which very gradually becomes more and more upsetting as the film goes forward. The horror, the dark comedy, the biblical elements, the cautionary fable — they're all there, but they're elements in the total experience, which engulfs the characters and the viewers along with them. Only a true, passionate filmmaker could have made this picture, which I'm still experiencing weeks after I saw it.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/martin-scorsese-rotten-tomatoes-box-office-obsession-why-mother-was-misjudged-guest-column-1047286

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Jan 15, 2018

The essential quotes are in IMDb already as:

You give, and you give, and you give. It's just never enough.

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