Jennifer Lawrence ‘goes public’ with Darren Aronofsky at Venice Film Festival
Well, sort of.
According to People magazine, the couple is doing great.
“They have a very good relationship that is serious in the sense that they are on the same wavelength,” a source close to Lawrence said. “They respect each other in the most important ways and have many of the same interests. She is comfortable with him and in awe of his brilliance and talent.”
The film’s first major press screening this morning reportedly elicited boos upon its completion, with audience members tweeting in the immediate aftermath that they felt it was something of a disaster. That seems to happen to quite a few films at film festivals, for some reason.
The first reviews for the film tell quite a different story. Here is a sampling:
Evening Standard: “mother! is filmed with loving oppressiveness, only using three basic, handheld camera shots: seeing what Jennifer Lawrence sees, looking over her shoulder or into her face, for the whole film. Arty! And scary. But Jennifer Lawrence’s incredible face, her unique emotional honesty, absolutely repay this ceaseless gaze.”
Variety: “It’s more like a dazzlingly skillful machine of virtual reality designed to get nothing but a rise out of you. It’s a baroque nightmare that’s about nothing but itself. Yet for an increasingly large swath of the moviegoing audience, that may be enough. mother! is often entertaining in a knowingly over-the-top, look-ma-no-hands! way.”
The Hollywood Reporter: “Writer-director Darren Aronofsky wants to have his commercial cake and chomp down on some vexing personal issues, too, in mother!, a very Rosemary’s Baby-like intimate horror tale that definitely grabs your attention and eventually soars well over the top to make the bold concluding statement that, for some creators, art is more important than life.”
Will you be paying a visit to mother!?
Here are a few photos from the film’s photocall.