J-law: Stick with weird movie

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Genre-push­ing di­rec­tor Dar­ren Aronof­sky says it’s im­pos­si­ble to spoil the ex­pe­ri­ence of his lat­est psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller mother!, which he calls “re­ally weird and dif­fer­ent.”

The movie hits the Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val af­ter con­found­ing and di­vid­ing crit­ics at the Venice Film Fes­ti­val.

It stars Jen­nifer Lawrence as a young preg­nant woman and Javier Bar­dem as her older, poet hus­band.

Their love is tested when strangers ar­rive at their home.

Lawrence told a fes­ti­val press con­fer­ence that it would help to know that the story is an al­le­gory about Mother Earth.

She says that even she was mys­ti­fied by el­e­ments in the tale.

“I don’t think (know­ing it’s an) al­le­gory is a spoiler. I think it re­ally aids you,” Lawrence said Sun­day.

“We’ve gone back and forth on this and I think it would be a shame to go see this movie and not know what you’re look­ing at. There are so many things when we were on set where even I would be like, ‘Oh, I won­der if that’s that? ... The sec­ond time I saw the movie, I heard Javier’s char­ac­ter say, ‘Well, where will they go? Where will they go?’ And then I re­al­ized, ‘Oh, this is Earth. There is nowhere else. There’s nowhere else for any­body to go.’

“So I think if you know the al­le­gory, share the al­le­gory, I think it’s beau­ti­ful, it’s pow­er­ful and ge­nius.”

Aronof­sky is no stranger to con­tro­versy.

His dark 2010 bal­let melo­drama Black Swan elicited au­di­ence gasps while his 2006 film The Foun­tain po­lar­ized view­ers.

He warned that his lat­est film was sim­i­larly un­nerv­ing and provoca­tive.

“No mat­ter what hap­pens you can’t have this movie ru­ined for you, I prom­ise you,” he chuck­led when asked how peo­ple can de­scribe the story to their friends.

“It’s re­ally weird and dif­fer­ent and so, feel free, just tell peo­ple it’s an ex­pe­ri­ence to have. That’s what I want.”

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