There’s an implied contract when someone buys tickets to a film — particularly one released by a major studio — that it’s going to fit within certain constraints in terms of intensity, imagery, or just general good taste.
It stars Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem as a married couple living in a old, restored house, and it was wrapped in complete secrecy until its recent premiere at the Venice International Film Festival.
When an older gentlemen played by Ed Harris (he’s just “The Man”) shows up, Bardem’s character is charmed, in no small part because The Man is a huge fan, and wants to meet his favorite poet before he dies.
But Aronofsky, who wrote as well as directed, clearly sees this dynamic as endemic to male artists in particular, which at times gives the film’s audacious, bizarro-world turns the feel of a personal confessional.
Without getting into spoiler territory, as Lawrence’s character sees her life spin out of control, the movie becomes increasingly disjointed and disconnected from any sort of linear narrative or reality.
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