Masterpiece for some, pretentious pellicular diarrhea for thers, Mother! fascinates as much as it disgusts.
That we hated or worshiped Mother!, the film of the iconoclast Darren Aronofsky will have marked the spirits. Maybe not in the best way, but as they say, ” there is no bad publicity “. Failing to have raised the crowds (45 million global revenue for a budget of 30), the film has split, quickly associated with its controversial film status of the year.
Some personalities defended the film, like Martin Scorsese and Jennifer Lawrence, and today it is Darren Aronofsky who returns on the media lynching of which his work was victim. And as an irreverent brat, the deal amused him:
“We knew that the film would be the victim of repeated intense attacks. We knew he would be shelled, abused, and hanged on the public square, and we were super excited by all that. We were very excited to make a film that would give rise to a debate of such magnitude. “
For once, the filmmaker hits the mark. Like the last sequences of his film, where civilization feeds on all this violence, the filmmaker likes to provoke controversy and to make react.
He continues at the Hollywood Reporter’s microphone :
” My mentor Stuart Rosenberg always said to me,” Bad reviews hurt, good ones are worse. “And I have always lived like this. But in our current, ultra-connected society, we can not avoid good or bad reviews on a movie. It does not annoy me, I see it well. It motivates me on the contrary. Fear for me is more about this planned obsolescence society where a movie can become disposable, like a McDonald’s burger, where you throw it in the trash and two hours later you say, “What do I come from? to see already? “»
No worries a priori. May they like or hate Mother!, chances are that the spectators (who have seen it) soon forget Jennifer Lawrence’s nightmare. And in a more general way, is not art there to shock, upset, disturb, exasperate, make think and react?