Darren Aronofsky Says Knowing Too Much About Mother! Might Freak You Out

Jennifer Lawrence popped a rib, however.


Darren Aronofsky’s upcoming Jennifer Lawrence-starring flick Mother! has been shrouded in secrecy. We’ve been able to suss out bits of information to get some ideas, but even the trailer and interactive movie posters don’t give away much. And it turns out there’s a reason for that. It might be Aronofsky’s most boundary-pushing film yet (and this is the man who made his mark in cinema by making Jennifer Connelly do something we still don’t want to think too much about towards the end of Requiem for a Dream).

“Most people, after they see the film, they don’t even wanna look at me,” Aronofsky says in a new interview with *Vulture. The interviewer Abraham Riesman is well aware of Aronofsky’s oeuvre and is one of a small handful of people who has actually seen it. Riesman’s verdict? Mother!* “might be the most alarming entry in Aronofsky’s two-decade career.” The only slightly new information he adds is that the film maybe takes place overs a few months …or maybe it’s just a few days. He’s not really sure.

“It’s a cruise missile shooting into a wall, this film,” the director adds. “I want audiences to be prepared for that and prepped that it’s a very intense ride.”

Though he adds that the film will show you a whole new side of star Jennifer Lawrence (who, incidentally, Aronofsky is now dating).

“I think there were a lot of things that the script asked that I have never seen her do,” he says, before revealing that she started hyperventilating and maybe injured a rib during the filming of the plot’s climax.

All we know about the film officially is that Jennifer Lawrence plays a young wife who is redecorating a house shabby chic style in the countryside with her new, older husband (Javier Bardem) when Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer show up, bring some friends with them, and things start getting intense. We gather Lawrence’s character would very much like for everyone to leave her newly HGTV-ized home, but Bardem’s character insists they stay. Eventually characters like “autograph seeker #1,” “pervert” and “sex slave” shows up. As well as Kristen Wiig (who is the most famous person in the cast who hasn’t appeared in any of the marketing yet).

Also, apparently the title, Mother!, is very important, hence the exclamation point. In fact, at one point the title even included more exclamation points.

As for Aronofsky’s own spoiler-free take away: “There are these huge forces that are happening that you can look at and go, That’s wrong, and yet, no matter how much I scream about it, there’s nothing I can do, and it keeps happening.”

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