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Jennifer Lawrence says audiences should know TIFF's 'mother!' is an allegory

Actor Jennifer Lawrence speaks during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival for the movie "mother!" on Sunday, September 10, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Donovan
September 10, 2017 - 2:34 PM

TORONTO - Genre-pushing director Darren Aronofsky says it's impossible to spoil the experience of his latest psychological thriller "mother!", which he calls "really weird and different."

The movie hits the Toronto International Film Festival after confounding and dividing critics at the Venice Film Festival.

It stars Jennifer Lawrence as a young pregnant woman and Javier Bardem as her older, poet husband.

Their love is tested when strangers arrive at their home.

Lawrence told a festival press conference that it would help to know that the story is an allegory about Mother Earth.

She says that even she was mystified by elements in the tale.

"I don't think (knowing it's an) allegory is a spoiler. I think it really aids you," Lawrence said Sunday.

"We've gone back and forth on this and I think it would be a shame to go see this movie and not know what you're looking at. There are so many things when we were on set where even I would be like, 'Oh, I wonder if that's that? ... The second time I saw the movie, I heard Javier's character say, 'Well, where will they go? Where will they go?' And then I realized, 'Oh, this is Earth. There is no where else. There's no where else for anybody to go.'

"So I think if you know the allegory, share the allegory, I think it's beautiful, it's powerful and genius."

Aronofsky is no stranger to controversy.

His dark 2010 ballet melodrama "Black Swan" elicited audience gasps while his 2006 film "The Fountain" polarized viewers.

He warned that his latest film was similarly unnerving and provocative.

"No matter what happens you can't have this movie ruined for you, I promise you," he chuckled when asked how people can describe the story to their friends.

"It's really weird and different and so, feel free, just tell people it's an experience to have. That's what I want."

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