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'mother!' TIFF 2017 Review: Divisive but daring

September 12, 2017Ben Mk



   
From Requiem for a Dream to Noah, Darren Aronofsky isn't one to shy away from pushing moviegoers' buttons with taboo or controversial subject matter. His latest work, however, may be his most divisive film to date.

In mother!, the writer/director teams with Jennifer Lawrence for a tale of a woman (Lawrence), her older, poet husband (Javier Bardem) and the idyllic country house they call home. This is no ordinary house, though, and she's no ordinary woman. Yet, when strangers (including a couple played by Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer) descend upon their home looking to destroy all that she's created, will she just stand idly by? Or will she strike back, unleashing her full wrath on those that have wronged her in the most horrific way possible?

To reveal any more details about the plot would be to spoil its surprises, but suffice to say, the film's climactic — and all-out insane — third act is sure to leave audiences' heads spinning. Highly allegorical but also highly unsettling, mother! isn't the type of movie that can be easily digested. This is Aronofsky at his most incendiary.

mother! is receiving its North American premiere as part of TIFF 2017's Special Presentations programme. Its runtime is 1 hr. 55 min.




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