Jennifer Lawrence on Why ‘Mother!’ Is a Feminist Movie

Jennifer Lawrence: 'Mother!' Is a Feminist
Billy Kidd

Darren Aronofsky’s “Mother!” — about a woman (Jennifer Lawrence) who lives with her husband (Javier Bardem) on a deserted farmhouse — has generated more debate than any film to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

The Paramount Pictures release, which opens on Friday, has been shrouded in mystery, and critics are still trying to piece together what it all means. “I wanted to make a film about Mother Nature,” Aronofsky told Variety. “So we’re working on an allegorical level, where it’s dealing with these big symbols.”


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Venice Film Review: Jennifer Lawrence in ‘mother!’

When asked if she thought the film was a feminist story, Lawrence answered in the affirmative. “To me, this is incredibly feminist in the way that these Victorian, patriarchal novels show these loving, amazing husbands that are very slowly and delicately taking away their wives’ dignity,” said Lawrence, who was reading “Jane Eyre” during the shoot. “To be a feminist movie, we don’t have to all be women and all be aggressive. Before we knew what feminism was, people were writing these novels that showed women’s strength being drained from them.”

Lawrence said that she hurt herself while making the film. “I had trouble calming down and coming back after he called cut,” she said. “I’ve always been fine snapping out of it, but I’ve never had to go this dark before. I kind of lost control of myself. I tore my diaphragm and popped my chest rib out.” She took a beat. “I don’t know if I’d ever work with Darren again.”


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Watch Jennifer Lawrence in the Official Trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s ‘Mother!’

The star of “The Hunger Games” and “Silver Linings Playbook” said that she was rattled when she saw the film on second viewing. “It really shook me,” Lawrence said. “I pulled him in the bathroom” — she said of Aronofsky — “and was like, ‘What have we done?’”

Aronofsky liked that his film has been generating discussion. “I think what’s exciting about the movie is that it’s open for interpretation,” he said. “I wrote it in the eighth year of Obama. It’s coming out in the first year of Trump. My intention was very different from where we are now.”

Will the United States ever elect a female president? “I really hope so,” Lawrence said. “I mean, that was a hit,” she said about Trump’s surprise victory last November.

“There are a lot of amazing female politicians,” Aronofsky added. “I’ve heard some crazy number of women are starting campaigns now.”

Lawrence threw out a name. “Kamala Harris!”

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  1. Obama Sucks says:

    Stinkeroo Bombo! Hopefully this talentless bimbo goes back to to the casting couch where they found her.

  2. Janine Carver says:

    Darren Aronofsky. Well done with Mother”! Interpret the movie how u want but this was the best and most accurate description of narcissm I’ve ever seen. The supply and fuel needed. The soul sickness that depletes all who come close to it.
    The scene where the bee flies in the house and dies instantly from the toxicity in that house!
    Or how the doctor kept getting sick whenever he spent any considerable time with the poet main character!
    The bloody soft floor board represents her wound. From all the abuse. And when she gets pregnant the wound healed. But then reopened once he began his need for more supply and fuel. Even the baby is merely for Narcisst supply.
    At the end as she is nothing but burned to a crisp he asks for one more thing.
    “I gave you everything,” Lawrence says. “I have nothing left to give.”
    But he sees she still has a beating heart and he sinks his hands in to get it.
    My all time favorite director for the last 20 years and one of my favorite actresses.
    Stellar. I loved it!

  3. Mary says:

    Yes, throw OUT Kamala Harris! She’s a communist!

  4. Steve Kiefer says:

    another puppet who thinks because she can memorize a sequence of words she knows something, she doesn’t.

  5. Ellie says:

    You are very talented. Please don’t speak unless working from a script someone else wrote.

  6. Ivanna Tinkle says:

    I have zero interest in seeing this, it sounds like a boring cliched vanity piece. Even the posters are tacky, they look like a project someone did while attempting to learn photoshop. Also, does not sound like feminism at all, just another narcissist male director making a portrait of another narcissistic male, yawn.

  7. AddisonDeWitt says:

    A feminist film? Not a selling point.

  8. Jennifer says:

    To Watch Mother! Full Movies Online Streaming Full HD Quality leak
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