Mother!

Mother!

DVD - 2017
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A couple living a reclusive life discovers that their relationship is challenged when uninvited guests arrive at their home.
Publisher: Hollywood, CA : Paramount, [2017]
ISBN: 9786317072367
6317072361
Branch Call Number: DVD Mother
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (121 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
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ptv023
Jan 19, 2018

I love the fact that a major studio released this, kind of a Metal Machine Music for the film set. That said, it is ultimately kind of silly, way too heavy handed on the allegory and symbolism and free wheeling in plagiarizing others work (The Shining, Martyrs, name an early Polanski film, etc.).

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jimg2000
Jan 14, 2018

This is one of those films that early guidance from Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem for a Dream), perhaps with a clever prologue, would help viewers to enjoy it rather than scratching their heads wondering what was going on until near the very end. Was it a horror film as the mother in Rosemary Baby or about a bad dream of an insane woman? Was it some deep social allegory or a sci-fi? The father seemed to be mad but at the same time, showing extraordinary love and patience to those who loved him etc ... Thanks to wiki: Jennifer Lawrence stated the setting is based on xyz ... ... I represent Mother xyz ... etc.

6.8/10 IMDb
69% Rotten Tomatoes
3.5/4 Roger Ebert

Martin Scorsese, someone who knows film's, also weighed in and gave it a thumbs up (See "Summary".)

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loriroshelle
Jan 13, 2018

This was one of the strangest movies I have ever seen. But, I have to admit, I watched it to end to see if it would make sense. Just strange!

SnoIsleLib_CraigB Jan 13, 2018

Mother! hearkens back to director Darren Aronofsky's earlier movies like Pi and The Fountain, when he was more interested in psychological impact than concrete storytelling. He aims for the gut, and succeeds in unleashing a Pandora’s Box of feminine anxieties that, at times, make Woolf’s writing feel downright roomy by comparison. The cacophonous acting and stifling cinematography only add to the apprehension. For my part, I’d need to watch the film again before I could wrap my head around all of it. If you like your gender issues flavored with a dash of claustrophobia, then Mother! is the movie for you.

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poetdeluxe
Jan 12, 2018

I cannot recommend this movie in any way for casual viewing. The performances are solid, the art production good. Everything else is either boring or chaotic. Not a bit of delight in this one.

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chinkyonelee
Jan 11, 2018

Absolutely no idea what this movie is all about. J. Law is a overrated actress and no movies of hers is good except Hunger Games. Black Swan is a classic, but this is...terrible. Don't waste your time on this.

LPL_MargoM Jan 10, 2018

If you enjoy horror or psychological thrillers and want something that feels far different from any other mainstream movie, this film is for you. We often describe things that scare us by calling them "nightmares" but this is the one film I've seen that truly deserves that label. Jennifer Lawrence's excellent performance sucks you in and makes you feel like you are right there with her, trapped in a world that no longer makes any sense. Though this movie may not be for everyone, I think that director Darren Aronofsky has made something truly unique.

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u1ahbme
Jan 08, 2018

The acting was great, the cinematography was great, the direction was great (for the 1st half)..... This is a Darren Aronofsky film in the vein of Pi and Requiem for a Dream. Aronofsky knows how to film a movie in ways to make you feel stressed and unsettled. Know that going into this movie. That being said, the later half of the movie did cross a line for me. It was a just too much. Also, it does tend to go so far into symbolism that it completely loses itself. As a package the movie fails.

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saturn
Jan 06, 2018

This movie was bad. I agree with the comments below. I found some scenes to be disturbing and violent. I would not recommend it.

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saleng
Jan 05, 2018

Ditto to the comments below. Jennifer Lawrence acting was superb but the story was very creepy

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ammaretto
Dec 19, 2017

ammaretto thinks this title is suitable for 19 years and over

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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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jimg2000
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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