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One thing di­rec­tor Darren Aronof­sky’s work is not is con­ven­tional; Black Swan, The Foun­tain and Re­quiem for a Dream are among the most out-there, note­wor­thy films of the last cou­ple of decades.

But even by the Brook­lyn-born helmer’s ex­per­i­men­tal stan­dards Mother! is a strange beast that more than earns the ex­cla­ma­tion mark af­ter its ti­tle.

The movie pre­miered at this year’s Venice Film Fes­ti­val to both vo­cif­er­ous boos and wild ap­plause, and that just about sums up the di­vi­sive na­ture of Aronof­sky’s sev­enth big screen out­ing.

Given the au­di­ence-split­ting re­sponse, it’s quite fit­ting that the fin­ished prod­uct falls in the mid­dle of the qual­ity scale.

The pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial gave very lit­tle away, be­yond mak­ing the flick look like a Rose­mary’s Baby-style thriller with a cou­ple’s tran­quil ex­is­tence in their idyl­lic home be­ing shat­tered by out­side forces.

But Mother! is so much more than that as Aronof­sky’s script heads off in the kind of di­rec­tions that very few peo­ple will see com­ing; it’s safe to say that this bonkers bo­nanza is best viewed avoid­ing spoil­ers.

As a con­se­quence, it’s a hard film to re­view as I don’t want to give too much away re­gard­ing

Put through the wringerJen­nifer Lawrence in Mother!

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