Akld #NZIFF in-season #6
Sold-out Civic experience.
Mother! is a horror film for women. It taps into all the things. The constant male gaze, the constant threat of danger. The subjugation of women in the home, the threat of the 'other female', the expectation to be seen and not heard. The fears and anxieties in relationships. The feeling of complete vulnerability while pregnant juxtaposed with that immediate fierceness / fearlessness that every new mother owns. The rage that simmers beneath the surface. The knowing that something is very wrong. Written and directed by a man but absolutely delivering a host of female horrors for this mother.
Thank goodness for the dark comfort of the cinema. The expert sound design, the minimal soundtrack, the master class acting & directing would never have captivated me had I been sitting at home watching it on the telly (with all the distractions that come with that).
I had a moment in this film where I noted that Emily Blunt may in fact be my new favourite actress. The combined terror and the strength on her face making me physically squirm in…