Jennifer Lawrence Loses Her Mind In Head-Scratching 'Mother!'

You'd probably lose your mind too.

Mother! (NC16)  

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem

Directed by Darren Aronofsky

J Law and Javier Bardem play a couple whose tranquil lives spiral out of control after they open their home to strangers. That’s the easiest way to describe the Black Swan director’s latest opus, one febrile head-trip that must be seen to be believed.

Look closer: Beneath its veneer of a home invasion thriller is an audacious parable about Mother Nature under siege by a wayward humanity, with Lawrence as her surrogate.

Watching her character, simply known as Mother, baffled, battered and slowing losing her shit as she fights tooth and nail against the unwelcome — and hostile — guests (who represent overpopulation, political divisions, religious strives and ecocide) is an unsettling sight to behold. (***1/2)

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