What to Make of the Mayhem of 'Mother!'

"In terms of cinematic structure and discipline, it makes 'Black Swan' look like an episode of 'Murder, She Wrote.'"
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"There are angrily haunted walls, live organs in the toilet bowl, and floor cracks that turn into squidgy open wounds in

Mother!

, with a blazing inferno consuming the screen in the very first shot," recounts

Guy Lodge

of Darren Aronofsky's new film. "But those might just be bloody, shuddery distractions: with apologies to Sartre, in Darren Aronofsky's exhilarating, shape-shifting horror-not-horror movie, the real hell is other people.

"

Mother!

is not a well-behaved movie,"

Lodge continues

. "It does not obey the loosest expectations, even for an art-genre whatchamacallit by which we eagerly anticipate being freaked out. In terms of cinematic structure and discipline, it makes

Black Swan

look like an episode of

Murder, She Wrote

."

"It came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what's happening around us and not being able to do anything,"

Aronofsky says in an interview with Nick Vivarelli.

"I just had a lot of rage and anger, and I wanted to channel it into one emotion, into one feeling. In five days I wrote the first version of the script….It just sort of poured out of me."

Aronofsky tells

Vivarelli

that "the entire purpose of

Mother!

is that it's a mystery; it's constantly surprising the audience. You don’t know where it's going to go. We didn't want to make the audience feel safe, because Jennifer [Lawrence's] character in the movie never feels safe. Jennifer's character is constantly trying to figure out what's happening to her."

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