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mother!

I just finished this film and I am emotionally drained.

mother! Is the tale of a man and woman (Javier Bardem and Jennifer Lawrence, respectively – credited as “Him” and “Mother”) living alone in their quiet paradise. That is, until another man and woman show up out of the blue (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, again respectively) and shit hits the fan hard – and things only get worse.

 

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Unexpected houseguests, amirite?

 

It helps going into this film that this is a biblical allegory, and a gut-wrenching one at that. The amount of detail and the characterizations are an absolute treat. Though what’s difficult is comprehending what we’re supposed to get out of all of this:

It’s obvious that humans are shit creatures and everything’s a mess, but then there’s the fact that Him begins everything again without any remorse or forethought, only desire. Mother is completely replaceable and is only created to love him.

 

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This is essentially the whole film in one frame.

 

That concept alone is disturbing enough, especially when he is apathetic towards her suffering. What we don’t know is whether or not this apathy is inherent or due to so many failures? Does Him even consider failure? After all, he’s just chuffed to be admired, no matter the consequence.

Don’t get me wrong, I do believe that this is a film worth viewing (and I really enjoyed it), even though it is more or less a two-hour lesson in feeling uncomfortable.

tl;dr: God’s a sadist – go plant a tree.

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