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Darren Aronofsky: 'Mother!' designed to provide scariest roller-coaster ride

2017/10/13 19:50

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By Shim Sun-ah

BUSAN, Oct. 13 (Yonhap) -- American director Darren Aronofsky said on Friday his latest work "Mother!" is so intense that it will give audiences a "roller-coaster ride" experience.

The psychological horror flick starring Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem revolves around a loving couple living peacefully in an old, restored suburban mansion. But their relationship is tested when uninvited guests keep arriving at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

American director Darren Aronofsky poses for photographers during a news conference for "Mother!" at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival in Busan on Oct. 13, 2017. (Yonhap) American director Darren Aronofsky poses for photographers during a news conference for "Mother!" at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival in Busan on Oct. 13, 2017. (Yonhap)

"The film is very intense and it was always designed to be the scariest roller-coaster ride in the park. I think when you get off that roller coaster, most people are gonna be freaked out," the "Black Swan" director said during a news conference for "Mother!" at the 22nd Busan International Film Festival.

It was screened in the Gala Presentation category of the festival that opened in the southern South Korean city of Busan.

"The most exciting thing about the movie has been having friends who see the movie not even look me in the eyes after they see the film. But then three to five days later, they send me an e-mail or text telling me that they are still thinking about it."

   But especially because of its punishing, final 25 minutes – in which Lawrence's character is burned, beaten, and ravaged beyond recognition -- the film has received polarizing reviews from critics since it was premiered at the Venice International Film Festival last month.

The movie has also drawn much controversy for its use of abundant biblical parallels to portray the rape and torture of Mother Earth, represented by Lawrence. Javier Bardem's poet character represents a form of God, a creator, while other characters resemble Adam and Eve as well as Cain and Abel. The setting sometimes feels like the Garden of Eden.

This photo released by Lotte Entertainment is a promotional poster for "Mother!" (Yonhap) This photo released by Lotte Entertainment is a promotional poster for "Mother!" (Yonhap)

As for the film's shocking ending, the director emphasized that he has always been less attracted to making movies with so-called Hollywood endings where things end pretty.

"I don't know that's the only way to talk about reality, and I think cinema should reflect all types of reality."

   He also said he is rarely influenced by movie reviews.

"I don't really look at reviews. My mentor always said that bad reviews are bad and good reviews are worse," he said. "Martin Scorsese, the great director, wrote an article recently which points out why the way films are sort of judged publicly is the problem for cinema. I was very thankful that he pointed it out because my films are always polarizing."

   Aronofsky said his cinematic style owes a lot to directors like David Lynch but likes watching diverse works from various directors around the world.

The 22nd BIFF runs from Oct. 12-21, featuring 300 films from 75 countries around the world.

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