Mother! - Film Club Review


The first film of the Digitales Film Club has been watched and reviewed! Here are the thoughts from the team...

Title: Mother!
Genre: Drama
Classification: MA15+
Director: Darren Aronofsky

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

Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star in this surreal drama that divided audiences upon it's release. But what did we think? (Note: Possible spoilers ahead!)

In general, did people enjoy this film?

There were mixed feelings towards this film. It was generally agreed that this is a film you appreciate rather than enjoy.

What did they like / not like about it?

It maintained interest. - Eddy

I liked it conceptually - it was enjoyable thinking about the film and reading about it on wiki after the film was over, but I didn't really enjoy watching it much mostly due to the lack of dialogue or music. The circular narrative - how the cycle starts with a crystal and ends with the house blowing up, and then starts again - had an apocalyptic and unearthly quality. The film reminded me of a silent movie because there wasn't much dialogue, and I found myself craving for the characters to interact and talk to each other more. it also reminded me of being at the theater because the whole movie took place in the same house/setting. I enjoyed the surreal aspects of it too. - Conor

I thought it was exceptionally layered and thought provoking. It gave the audience a very well defined sense of anxiety from a single person's point of view. Although the feeling it left me with wasn't a very nice one, I can appreciate it left me with something nonetheless. - Lukas

At first, it was weird cos there was not much talking going on and no names mentioned between the couple - l like having names connected to characters at the beginning - this threw me off. And l couldn't work out the connection with the older guy and his wife to the couple. It got intense as the movie progressed amongst the chaos created. The diamond at the end made sense - "circle of life" back to the beginning of the movie. - Sarah

I appreciated that it made me feel something, even if that something wasn't necessarily 'enjoyment' (which I believe was what the filmmakers were intending to do). I also like that it gave us a lot to think/talk about afterwards - I think that a good film should be able to leave the cinema/home and enter real-world conversations. To me it was about relationship dynamics, and the tendency for things to become one-sided, and for people to go unheard. But to also love someone so much that you would literally give your heart to them. - Mali

I didn’t expect to like this film so much! The metaphor is so complex that it opens itself up for endless discussions – the mark of a great movie. We discussed the film between 7 of us and each person had a very different perspective. Personally, I really enjoyed the ambivalence of the story – is it about his narcissism? Her need for internal safety? Is the entire movie a snapshot into how her mind works? The interpretations are infinite. I’m a newly converted Aronofsky fan! - Sally 

Keywords used to describe this movie:

Chaotic. One-sided. Silent. Weird. Intense. Surreal. Horrific. Slow-burn. Impressionistic. Intriguing. Layered. Claustrophobic. Anxious. Dark. Unsettling.

Would people recommend it to a friend?

People were mixed on this - Some would, most wouldn't.
Perhaps if it was a person they knew would appreciate this kind of film (or that friend who starts D&Ms at 3am).



And the next film is...

Title: Suburbiconsuburbicon
Genre: Crime
Classification: MA15+
Director: George Clooney

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns...the perfect place to raise a family, and in the summer of 1959, the Lodge family is doing just that. But the tranquil surface masks a disturbing reality, as husband and father Gardner Lodge (Matt Damon) must navigate the town's dark underbelly of betrayal, deceit, and violence. This is a tale of very flawed people making very bad choices. This is Suburbicon.


We'd love to hear what you thought about Mother!, and make sure you watch Suburbicon to join in the conversation next fortnight.