Darren Aronofskys mother! is one of the best films of the year

mother! (Darren Aronofsky). 115 minutes. Opens Friday (September 15). See listing. Rating: NNNNN

Ideally, the only thing you should know about mother! is that Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem are in it, and that writer/director Darren Aronofsky is back in the cracked-cosmic mode of Pi, The Fountain and Noah every one a bracing, challenging work of cinema.

This one? Its the best one of the bunch.

Mother! is both Aronofskys most ambitious narrative gambit and his most purely non-narrative piece we are entirely inside the head of Lawrences uncertain young bride, whose happy home with her doting but distant husband (Bardem) is shattered by the arrival of outsiders bent on disrupting their solitude. She doesnt want them there, but her husband keeps inviting them in for reasons he either cant or wont articulate.

Whats happening? What does it mean? Honestly, dont ask. Dont look up the characters names dont look up the cast list to see who else is in it.

Go in cold, knowing as little as possible, and let one of the greatest movies of the year explode before your unbelieving eyes.

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