From the director of Black Swan comes another psychologically thriller directed by the master, Darren Aronofsky.
In Mother! movie A young, pregnant woman (Jennifer Lawrence) busies herself in a vast, unfamiliar house, trying to renovate it and prepare for a family. Her new, older husband (Javier Bardem) is a brilliant author, acclaimed all over the world for his insight into humanity and his mastery of language. They love each other deeply, so why are their days so fraught with tension? Why do small misunderstandings seem to pile up? Why do these newlyweds on the verge of welcoming new life into the world seem about to tear each other apart?
For Lawrence, this movie was something different than what she’s done before, which attracted her to the project—that, and the fact that her now boyfriend, Aronofsky, was directing.
“I’d been a fan of [director] Darren Aronofsky for a really long time, so the first time I heard that he had something, I was immediately interested and wanted to meet with him,” Lawrence told Lifes&Style. “It was the first time I’ve ever just had a conversation with the director. He just had ideas that were so interesting and unique, and he didn’t even really have a script. It was just these brilliant explosive ideas, so I immediately wanted to be a part of it.”
Throughout the film, Lawrence’s character tries to figure out why her husband welcomes strangers into their house and what’s really going on with him.
“There’s something to be said about the particular type of relationship that Darren wrote about. There’s an unevenness to it where I think that she’s happy and I think she’s in love and she’s attracted to this man, but she’s always a little bit scared of something changing,” she continues.
“She’s always a little bit scared of seeing something shift behind his eyes or a deeper meaning behind something; that maybe he doesn’t love her as much as he did yesterday. That was interesting for me to play, because I’ve never done that before and it’s something that I think all of us have felt in a relationship at one point or another. It’s deep and not obvious. It’s not loud. I think that certain circumstances start happening throughout the movie that make her realize that this relationship really is off balance and something really is wrong.”
Mother! movie debuts at TIFF 2017.