Darren Aronofsky’s latest psychological thriller film has been making waves globally. Mother* premiered at the Venice International Film Festival, before making its way to the Mumbai Film Festival. Needless to say, it is the most hyped film of MAMI 2017, and queues for the screening are longer than the ones at Dadar station during peak hours. Everyone wants to watch the film, but with a 68% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, the movie has generated mixed reviews. We are going to tell you why people are loving and hating this movie, and you can decide for yourself if it is worth a watch.
Background and Story:
Mother stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem in pivotal roles. JB plays an author, frustrated that he cannot crack an idea for his next book, while his supporting wife JL is setting up their new home, which – like in most thriller films – is in the middle of nowhere. The movie begins when the couple’s solitude is disturbed by an invited stranger (Ed Harris) in the middle of the night, seeking shelter. JB lets him in and without consulting, JL invites him to stay as long as he wants. JL starts getting weird stomach cramps after this strange arrival but does not confide in her husband, who is overjoyed to be around a new person. The next day, ED’s wife arrives and both make themselves comfortable at home.
The visitors do not stop and nobody other than JL seems to be affected by it. Like a typical mother, she looks after the house, cleaning up after the messy guests, while no one pays any attention to her. When she has had enough, she screams at everyone to leave, and soon, life returns to normal again. Nine months later, JL is heavily pregnant, JB has finished his book, and their perfectly normal life is turned upside down with the arrival of the apocalypse. The ‘mother’ becomes that force who can destroy it all and start life afresh.
Why You Should Watch:
The concept of the film is undoubtedly innovative. It’s not your typical horror story, but a thrilling ride, affecting your psyche and senses. Yes, there are several instances meant to scare, with dark lighting and eerie sound to add to the effect, but watching the film is more of a cringing experience. Set design has been given great attention as it is a very important aspect of the film.
While on the outside, the film seems redundant and heavily displeasing to the eyes, it is the soul of the movie that connects with you. A mother’s life, her priorities, her strength and her weaknesses have been portrayed in unimaginable ways. You will leave the theatre feeling sick to the stomach, and if you suffer from OCD or claustrophobia, you need to be extra careful while watching this film. But it is certainly a masterpiece in its own way, and despite the poor performances by the actors, it is not a movie you want to miss.
What You Should Watch Next:
If you want to catch the big dogs at MAMI 2017, Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky) and The Square (Ruben Östlund) are playing at PVR Icon on the 18th of October. Meanwhile, Julian Rosefeldt’s German drama, Manifesto, is also making headlines. Catch them all in the last three days of the 19th MAMI Film Festival.
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*Do note that the original title has been stylized as ‘mother!’, but for everyone’s sake, we have stuck to grammar rules.