Remember that feeling, that fire, that I, DANIEL BLAKE left burning in your soul? Gaysorn Thavat has done that here with a distinctly NZ lens.
Mother! is a horror film for women. It taps into all the things. The constant male gaze, the constant threat of danger. The subjugation of women in the home, the threat of the 'other female', the expectation to be seen and not heard. The fears and anxieties in relationships. The feeling of complete vulnerability while pregnant juxtaposed with that immediate fierceness / fearlessness that every new mother owns. The rage that simmers beneath the surface. The knowing that something is very wrong. Written and directed by a man but absolutely delivering a host of female horrors for this mother.
To all of the wahine involved in the making of this film, thank you for bringing this beautiful, painful story to the big screen. The amount of te reo spoken throughout was wonderful to hear. I long for more of this in cinema.
The female voices were beautiful. The male characters were acting in ways that we don't often get to see on screen. I was pained by my preconceived ideas of what I thought some of those male characters…