Un­in­vited guests

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Rated: MA15+ Re­view: Ash­wini Saseedaran Rat­ing: 4/10

BEAU­TI­FUL, el­e­gant, sen­su­ous and earthy is how we are in­tro­duced to Mother (Jen­nifer Lawrence) as she wakes up alone in a newly ren­o­vated house cen­tred among acres of lus­cious land.

We find her fa­mous poet hus­band Him (Javier Bar­dem) at his desk, frus­trated and an­noyed, amidst a writer’s block.

Yes, di­rec­tor Dar­ren Aronof­sky chose to name his char­ac­ters Mother, Him, Man, Woman, Old­est Son and Younger Brother which will only make sense after understanding the di­rec­tor’s in­tent.

With trail­ers and posters of the film whis­per­ing a ro­man­tic hor­ror nar­ra­tive with un­wel­come vis­i­tors much like The Oth­ers, the in­tro­duc­tory scenes fur­ther con­firm such as­sump­tions.

But all pre­vi­ous no­tions are thrown out the door in Act One with the ar­rival of a Man (Ed Har­ris) who claims to have mis­taken their home for a bed and break­fast.

Ex­cited by the pos­si­bil­ity of in­spi­ra­tion from an­other iden­tity, Him weirdly and gladly wel­comes Man and sub­se­quently, all other vis­i­tors to stay in the home so care­fully de­signed and ar­ranged by Mother.

Slowly but surely, Mother be­comes a guest in her own house as these new char­ac­ters walk in freely with per­mis­sion from Him.

Di­rec­tor Aronof­sky’s pur­pose of craft­ing a film brim­ming with bib­li­cal al­le­gory to il­lus­trate the ugly truths of the world and its tor­ture of Mother Nature in all its vi­o­lent, ex­haust­ing and chaotic glory, will leave most frus­trated, nau­seous and ap­palled but some will ap­pre­ci­ate the at­tempt to ques­tion rather than en­ter­tain.

Javier Bar­dem and Jen­nifer Lawrence star in the twisted and chaotic hor­ror Mother!

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