I have just watched the film Mother with the director Darren Aronofsky and star Jennifer Laurence.
The film is based on the bible it depicts the rape and torment of Mother Earth. It’s a horror movie probably not to everyone’s taste as sometimes it is so gruesome. Javier Bailen represents God. A poet who is inspired by his Young wife (Mother Earth) he is the creator writing an important book. Michelle Pfeiffer is Eve and Ed Harris is Adam. There are also Cain and Abel and the setting is meant to resemble the garden of Eden.
Darren takes these massive biblical themes and condenses them into a narrative about a house and a couple. It is in my view a conceptual film.
The director said about the film “it came out of living on this planet and sort of seeing what’s happening around us and not being able to do anything”. ” I just had a lot of rage and anger, and I wanted to channel it into one emotion, into one feeling. This film is about Mother earths relationship with people.
One of the many things I have learnt from this course is that I can take inspiration from anything. My research is wide and endless. Research is not narrowed down to books. I learn an take inspiration from many artist and that can include film, music, someone I follow on instagram, poetry, fashion, nature… and the list goes on. I enjoy watching a good film as I like to escape and drift into a different setting or story. This film surprised me as I had no idea what it was all about. It took me a while to understand the link in between the characters, the bible and Mother Earth. At first I found the film very irritating as I don’t usually like horror films and I found Jennifer Laurence so passive, it was annoying me! But as I carried on watching I felt the concept of the film was very strong and unusual. The concept touched me as it is close to my heart, I don’t like the way we abuse Earth and turn a blind eye. The concept of this film links in with my personal experience. The memories I have of my holidays camping in Spain, remembering the beautiful nature around me and how consumerism and waste is destroying that vision of my childhood. In many ways my Collar and how I presented it depicts a similar message. The message of destroying Mother Earth and Mother Earth doing everything possible to repair it’s self but running out of options. I felt the directors anger and sadness in this film and left me thinking for days after.