We had known Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” centers around a couple, played by Jennifer Lawnrence and Javier Bardem, whose existence is threatened by the arrival of uninvited guests to their home. But the official trailer makes it clear there’s an insane amount of psychological hell that awaits Lawrence’s character. Luckily, Aronofsky isn’t letting every secret out just yet.
The biggest takeaway is that Lawrence isn’t holding back under Aronofsky’s tightening grip. She’s throwing herself completely into her character’s mental breakdown and it looks absolutely horrifying. The last time an Aronofsky female lead lost her mind it was Natalie Portman in “Black Swan,” which was an Oscar-winning performance. Can “mother!” bring Lawrence to the Dolby Theater?
We’ll have to see, but “mother!” is clearly Lawrence’s very own “Black Swan” star vehicle. Watch the trailer here, and click through the gallery to see why. “mother!” opens September 15.
The trailer begins with Lawrence’s character waking up. “We spend all our time here,” she says. “I want to make a paradise.” She’s an image of purity and innocence thanks to her white dress, natural beauty, and soft spoken manner.
Lawrence’s “paradise” is her home, which the teaser poster has implied is a Garden of Eden-like property. Lawrence can be seen painting and fixing up the place. The peaceful woman we get at the start will be unrecognizable by the end.
Lawrence’s nerves begin to crack with the arrival of Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. They are playing a couple who arrive at Lawrence’s home at separate times (Harris during the evening, Pfeiffer during the day). “Did you know he had a wife?” Lawrence asks Bardem. She then discovers Harris has a photo of Bardem in his luggage. Suspicion begins Lawrence’s descent into madness.
Lawrence’s character mixes something yellow and acidic into her water and frantically drinks. This is only the beginning of her nightmare.
Like Natalie Portman’s Nina Sayers, it appears Lawrence’s character is going to have a hard time distinguishing between reality and nightmarish visions. Here she looks at a basement wall as it begins to violently shake.
Lawrence sees a bloodied lightbulb. But is it real or just her mind playing tricks?
The tears start flowing as Lawrence shakes her head in disbelief of whatever she’s seeing or hearing.
Lawrence investigates that basement wall with determined rage.
More and more uninvited guests keep showing up. This most likely isn’t going to end well for Lawrence.
Lawrence looks up at Bardem looming over her. He’s clearly not the man she thought she knew.
Full blown hysteria. Whatever Lawrence is seeing here, it can’t be good.
This shot may put the focus on Lawrence’s tears, but notice that her finger tips appear bloody. She’s already encountered something violent.
The home that was once a “paradise” begins to decay in a matter of seconds. It’s a horrifying shot regardless of whether this is reality or a vision.
Pictures of Bardem’s character continue to resurface throughout the trailer and culminate in this shot of numerous photos being burned. The image looks rather old, hinting that Bardem’s character could be something eternal and malevolent himself (the devil maybe?). He clearly won’t be much help to Lawrence’s sanity.
Bloodied and bruised. Lawrence is on the dark side.
The intruders almost look like zombies you can’t outrun. Here they seem to be locking Lawrence’s character in the dark.
The mother of all screams. The trailer ends with this image of Lawrence. In just two minutes we’ve seen her go from a symbol of purity to something far more fearful and broken. “mother!” is going to be one hell of a psychological journey.