Di­vi­sive drama leaves a mark

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how the plot plays out, other than to say it will leave you scratching your heads, wrig­gling in your seats, rolling your eyes and drop­ping your jaws in equal measures.

What is eas­ier to talk about, though, are the on-screen per­for­mances. None of the char­ac­ters are given names, be­yond ba­sic terms like “Him”, “Man” and “Woman”, but most of the cast rise above this cypher-like ex­is­tence.

Per­haps sur­pris­ingly, how­ever, lead­ing lady Jen­nifer Lawrence (Mother) – who de­vel­oped an off-set re­la­tion­ship with Aronof­sky dur­ing film­ing – is the one who strug­gles to keep up with the crazi­ness.

In a rare re­cent ca­reer mis-step, the 27-yearold fails to em­body her role with the depth re­quired, even though Mother’s put through the wringer more than Kat­niss Everdeen ever was through­out The Hunger Games saga.

Javier Bar­dem, Ed Har­ris and fa­ther-and-son Brian and Domh­nall Glee­son hold up their end of the bargain very well, but it’s Michelle Pfeif­fer’s sin­is­ter “Woman” who steals the show as the former Cat­woman makes a wel­come re­turn to the spot­light.

Nev­er­the­less, no mat­ter what you think of the act­ing here it’s some of the de­mented im­agery and un­hinged be­hav­iour that will stick with you for days af­ter­wards.

To say Mother! won’t be for ev­ery­one is like say­ing grass is green and I have to ad­mit that by the end I felt like I needed a lie down – and that Aronof­sky’s self­ind­ul­gence had got­ten slightly out of con­trol.

Still, it’s unlike any other film you’ll see this year, and de­mands re­peat view­ings.

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