Under his eye.
In a large house in the country side, a young woman (Jennifer Lawrence) is living with her older, poet husband. (Javier Bardem) While he struggles with writers block, she has been fixing up the house to make their own little paradise. One day, a man (Ed Harris) shows up unexpectedly, and her husband allows him to stay the night. The next day, his wife (Michelle Pfieffer) arrives. Soon, more and more people inexplicably show up at their house and none of them are listening to what this young woman has to say.
When it comes to the plot, I went into this completely spoiler free, and I'll keep the review this way too. It's better that way. All I had was the hype, some that it lived up to, some that it didn't.
This is an experience. I really liked the story Director Darren Aronofsky was telling. It's heavy on symbolism and metaphors but it works up until a point. The last 20-30 minutes of this film is a clusterfuck of the highest order. It is very disturbing, though not nearly as much as I expected it to be with the way some early watchers described it. It's mostly just a mess of things thrown together until we get to the big moment, which you see the outcome from a mile away.
The performances are good. I personally didn't find any of them near Oscar caliber. Ed Harris is probably the best because he gets to showcase the most range. Even so, Jennifer Lawrence's character did resonate with me quite a bit. I was frustrated as hell watching the way everyone treats her in this movie. I haven't rooted for mass murder this much since I saw The Hunt. One cameo in particular threw me out of the film though, and that was Kristen Wiig. She felt incongruous here.
I don't imagine I'll stop thinking about this film for a while. I have so many questions still. It's a hard film to rate. It's so fascinating but so poorly executed. I think the story and intentions are strong enough to carry it ultimately.
Memorable Quote: "You don't love me, you just love how much I love you." - Mother (Jennifer Lawrence)