In the Dark

Allegorically Yours

mother!
Produced by Protozoa Pictures 
Written and directed by Darren Aronofsky 
Distributed by Paramount Pictures 

The Unknown Girl
Produced by Les Films du Fleuve 
Written and directed by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
Distributed by Sundance Select 

Wind River
Produced by Acacia Filmed Entertainment 
Written and directed by Taylor Sheridan 
Distributed by The Weinstein Company 

I am about to discuss a truly wretched film: mother!, written and directed by Darren Aronofsky.  Before I do I must warn you that I’ll be violating the reviewer’s rule against revealing a film’s central conceit and its ending.  I’ve done so egregiously, but not wantonly.  I have two justifications for doing so: First, the movie was spoiled from the moment Aronofsky conceived it, and second, it’s my duty to protect the public at large from films that might make them ill.

Aronofsky studied filmmaking at Harvard, where he was, I am reliably told, an exemplary student.  However, he must have cut the class that informed students that it’s rather a bad idea to include scenes in which babies are roasted alive and then consumed in eucharist-sized wafers.  It’s a simple caution to heed, I would have...

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