The Magical Realism Behind the Ending of ‘mother!’

This post is by Alyssa Miller from No Film School

There is a lot to take in after you watch mother! Let’s break down what really happened.

The ending of Darren Aronofsky’s mother! is just the beginning.

We’ve been there before—that vicious cycle of failing to learn from our mistakes.

A house that was consumed by despair and hate is destroyed and reconstructed by the poet/God (Javier Bardem), and the mother (Jennifer Lawrence), who seems to have been here before, wakes up and admires the peace and beauty of her home until it is once again destroyed by outsiders. In the case of mother! the mother’s journey is both the end and the beginning of this cruel world the poet is trying to perfect.

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