Director: Darren Aronofsky
Cast: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Domhnall Gleeson, Ed Harris
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Country of Origin: USA 2017 115 mins. (15)
Released by Paramount Pictures
Intriguing, OTT, craze-filled, playful, a hit in the gut roller coaster that plunges into an operatic, theatre of the absurd.
A childless couple live in a large, isolated house. The characters don't have names. 'Mother' (Jennifer Lawrence) wants to restore the house and make it a paradise. 'Him' (Javier Bardem) is a poet with writer's block.
A stranger knocks at the door, thinking that it's a B&B. 'Man' (Ed Harrris), a fan of the Poet is welcomed by Bardem. Later 'Woman' (Michelle Pfeiffer), Harris's alcoholic, chain smoking wife who doesn't warm to Lawrence joins the group. Their two sons (Domhnall and Brian Gleeson) follow and the house is invaded by their friends - chaos descends. The film moves into a second act. Lawrence is pregnant and Bardem has written a poem. Whatever remains within the house is welcomed by Bardem but horrifies Lawrence. The Poet's fans invade the house and a destructive, craze driven apocalypse beckons.
With the action confined to the house except for one scene, it's Lawrence's film with Matthew Labatique's hand held camera following her horror as she spirals into a nightmarish, craze-filled, roller coaster descent into an abyss. Audacious, spectacular, dazzling, OTT, ego driven with a hint of Bunuel's Exterminating Angel and Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, Darren Aronofsky (Requiem for a Dream, Black Swan) has thrown a sweltering, surreal, hilarious, wow, nightmare at the audience. Play the game. Interpret as you wish. Love it or loath it, it's a must see, should see gasp for breath.