Why Mother! Is More Than Just A Psychological Thriller

I can recall when the movie Mother! came out in 2017. I viewed the trailer for it and was extremely intrigued, as it looked rather eerie and somewhat sinister.

Fast forward over a year later, and I have now finally watched this film (the other evening with my boyfriend, to be specific). I have not watched a movie that has disturbed my mind and thoughts with confusion and speculation as intensely as Mother! has, and I am not hating it.

I will admit, I was extremely confused while watching the movie. Not only do none of the characters in the film have a name to which others refer to them as, but the use of allegories and symbolism certainly had me confused. The movie depicts the marriage of a poet, Javier Bardem, and his wife, Jennifer Lawrence, and the time they spend together in a home Lawrence has restored from the ground up after it was destroyed in a fire.

Roughly 1/3 of the way through the film, an unknown man, a doctor, shows up on their doorstep claiming to be a tremendous fan of Bardem’s poetry. Bardem welcomes the man into his home without consulting Lawrence, and in time further welcomes his wife and his two sons, which eventually progresses into a multitude of conflict and dilemma towards not only the house, but further the couples’ marriage.

The conclusion of the film left me extremely distraught and confused, but after doing some research as to what the ending and the film as a whole are intended to project, I can say with complete honesty that the director of this film, Darren Aronofsky,  is an absolute genius. I absolutely recommend this film to anyone who enjoys psychological thrillers, and further for anyone who is interested in both the old and New Testament. Try to abstain from researching its meaning prior to viewing it – it will make things that much more intense.

Image from http://jenniferlawurence.tumblr.com/post/164353196194/jenniferlawrencedaily-why-are-you-crying


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