Hosted by Rodrigo Barahona, PsyaD
Writer-director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Noah) returns with a tale of psychological horror steeped in a perfect alchemy of allegory and influences, from Roman Polanski and Stanley Kubrick to David Lynch and Pedro Almodovar.
A married couple (Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem) share a quiet, mundane life in their isolated country home–that is, until they take in an eerie stranger (Ed Harris) and his wife (Michelle Pfeiffer). As their guests become lodgers and her husband grows increasingly erratic, the woman’s frustration turns to foreboding. Visitors and the omens continue to multiply as the film crescendos to its “quasi-hallucinatory, disco inferno-ish climax.”(Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter)
“A sick joke, an urgent warning and a roar into the abyss”, raves Robbie Collin of the Telegraph, concluding “mother! earns its exclamation mark three times over and more.” Created by an auteur at the height of his prowess and featuring Jennifer Lawrence in one of her most acclaimed roles yet, this is not one to be missed on the big screen!
You can read Dr. Barahona’s remarks from his last time hosting “Off the Couch”, when the film of the month was a very different type of thriller– Oliver Stone’s Snowden.
Join us at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on the third Tuesday of every month for our renowned “Off the Couch” series. Each installment is hosted by a member of the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute who will discuss the psychological themes of that evening’s feature film. Our members include doctors, psychiatrists, social workers and more, and last year’s screenings featured Moonlight, La La Land, and I Am Not Your Negro. Come deepen your connection with cinema by learning more about the psychoanalytic aspects which drive the plots, characters, and even directors of today’s films.