ACHIEVING A STATE OF MATERNAL DAMNATION, US, 115 MIN
Every so often, a truly provocative movie comes along, daring you to either love it unconditionally, or loathe it uncontrollably. This aggressively abstract, self-indulgent and unashamedly pretentious psychological thriller is one such movie. Most will end up loathing it. Jennifer Lawrence plays a nameless character renovating an old house that has survived a recent fire. She shares the dwelling with her older husband (Javier Bardem), a famous poet fighting a crippling case of writer’s block. The wife craves privacy so she can paint walls and pick out furniture. However, her husband’s fans keep dropping by uninvited, doing weird stuff that drives her to despair. The whole experience is both desperately cryptic and preciously pointless.