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Mother! (2017)

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

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Rated R for strong disturbing violent content, some sexuality, nudity and language | See all certifications »

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15 September 2017 (USA)  »

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$33,000,000 (estimated)

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AUD 697,113 (Australia) (17 September 2017)
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The following statement by Darren Aronofsky was released a week before the premiere: "It is a mad time to be alive. As the world population nears 8 billion we face issues too serious to fathom: ecosystems collapse as we witness extinction at an unprecedented rate; migrant crises disrupt governments; a seemingly schizophrenic US helps broker a landmark climate treaty and months later withdraws; ancient tribal disputes and beliefs continue to drive war and division; the largest iceberg ever recorded breaks off an Antarctic ice shelf and drifts out to sea. At the same time we face issues too ridiculous to comprehend: in South America, tourists twice kill rare baby dolphins that washed ashore, suffocating them in a frenzy of selfies; politics resembles sporting events; people still starve to death while others can order any meat they desire. As a species our footprint is perilously unsustainable yet we live in a state of denial about the outlook for our planet and our place on it. From this primordial soup of angst and helplessness, I woke up one morning and this movie poured out of me like a fever dream. All of my previous films gestated with me for many years but I wrote the first draft of Mother! (2017) in 5 days. Within a year we were rolling cameras. And now two years later, it is an honor to return to the Lido for the world premiere. I imagine people may ask why the film has such a dark vision. Hubert Selby Jr., the author of Requiem for a Dream (2000), taught me that through staring into the darkest parts of ourselves is where we find the light. "Mother!" begins as a chamber story about a marriage. At the center is a woman who is asked to give and give and give until she can give nothing more. Eventually, the chamber story can't contain the pressure boiling inside. It becomes something else which is hard to explain or describe. I can't fully pinpoint where this film all came from. Some came from the headlines we face every second of every day, some came from the endless buzzing of notifications on our smartphones, some came from living through the blackout of Hurricane Sandy in downtown Manhattan, some came from my heart, some from my gut. Collectively it's a recipe I won't ever be able to reproduce, but I do know this serving is best drunk as a single dose in a shot glass. Knock it back. Salute!" [Aug. 2017] See more »

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Mother: [after waking up] Baby?
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Crazy Credits

The music in the first half of the end credits is followed by a long period with only quiet ambient noise. The near-silence is broken when Javier Bardem's character's calligraphy is inscribed in white ink next to (and sometimes over) the remaining credits. See more »

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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: American Assassin/Mother! (2017) See more »

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The End of the World
Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent
Performed by Patti Smith
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Deserves an 8, but gave it a 10....
18 September 2017 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

... to balance out all the users who don't seem to look beyond trailers when they go to see a movie. I mean, did these people even read anything about this motion picture before seeing it? It's by Aronofsky, the guy who made Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan... I mean, were people expecting Ouija? Mother! isn't perfect, but it's damn interesting, funny, disturbing and entertaining. It's audaciously resistant to current Hollywood conventions, and it's oozing with themes, metaphors, allusions, and symbols. The performances are great, the camera-work incredible, and the whole experience a carnival of filmmaking verve. It doesn't carry any kind of real dramatic weight, but it leaves one with lots to think about. If you're really a movie fan, ignore the naysayers and check it out.


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