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Darren Aronofsky's Mother! Changes Release Date

Darren Aronofsky's Mother! to be released September 15, 2017 -- Guy S. Malone, Researcher

The most secretive film of the year (of several years, maybe) is Darren Aronofsky's Mother!  The cast and crew have been sworn to secrecy; they rehearsed for six months in a warehouse in New York, then he filmed (on 16mm film, a rarity anymore) in secret in a rural area outside of Montreal.  If you look for a synopsis of the film, you will only find the nebulous: "Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence."

Adding to the intrigue surrounding this film is recent news that the release date was moved up, from October 13 to September 15.  No one at Awards Watch, Gold Derby, IndieWire, or any of the entertainment news or critical sites have any idea what to expect--awards bait, art house indie, or experimental cinema.  They all agree, though, that the director who studied Film and Social Anthropology at Harvard and brought us the disturbing and surreal Pi, Requiem for a Dream, and Black Swan will have something unique in store.  Aronofsky's films are either critically acclaimed or polarizing and, with a few exceptions, run too far outside the norm to be the kinds of films Oscar embraces, although he is known for driving his actors past their boundaries.  The guess right now is an indie art house dramatic thriller that some say might border on horror.  There is talk of the plot involving a cult, the breakdown of society, and, of course, there is the cryptic poster that showed up on Mother's Day: an artistic rendering of Jennifer Lawrence innocently offering up her heart that was seemingly ripped from a gaping hole in her chest.

What we do know: The film's budget was only $13 million.  At that rate, the all-star cast--Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris, Domhnall Gleeson, Kristen Wiig (2 Oscar wins and 15 Oscar nominations among them)--must have cut their normal salary demands to work the project.  Add a score by Jóhann Jóhannsson (Sicario, The Theory of Everything, Arrival), and, sight unseen, Mother! has piqued the interest of cinephiles.  

Mainstream audiences--who knows?  Aronofsky seems to have taken on the responsibility for marketing his film.  A teaser trailer accompanied selected movies this week, and it has audiences talking: a black screen with a cacophony of voices in the background, Lawrence screaming "Mother" with her eyes flashing for seconds, ending with the title. For the past few days, Aronofsky has been traveling west from NYC with one of the film's photographers, taking pictures of abandoned landmarks and describing them on his Twitter feed with the film's title superimposed.  Here is a link to his latest picture, the old Sideling Hill tunnel on the Pensylvania Turnpike:

Given our long-standing admiration for Aronofsky, Lawrence, Bardem, Pfeiffer, and Harris--and our more recent respect for Gleeson, Wiig, and Jóhannsson, we relish the mystery surrounding this movie.  And after our most anticipated movie of the year, Dunkirk, we most eagerly await our visit to see Mother!.


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