Don Shanahan reviews “mother!” and “Viceroy’s House” on Every Movie Has a Lesson and Medium

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mother!

The technical and performance merits are unquestioned.  Where the divisiveness for motherwill arise from the substance, metaphors, and connotations.  Reactions will range across those appalled to others completely enraptured.  This is beyond talking about cups of tea or other broad comparisons.  What you will unpack is entirely unique.

There is extreme thematic and visceral content in mother! that will rattle even the toughest souls.  Metaphorical imagery and symbolism are everywhere, and the number of literal and figurative interpretations of what is implicitly or explicitly transpiring can kill as many brain cells as it multiplies.  The film begs endless questioning, which is entirely commendable and even fascinating.  Still, surviving and absorbing the film becomes a maddening experience.  In the end, what is evident to celebrate is also categorically impossible to fully condone.

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VICEROY’S HOUSE

The most superlative aspect of Viceroy’s House and its chronicle of national history for the countries of India and Pakistan is the personal passion behind the project.  Bend it Like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice director Gurinder Chadha is the granddaughter of family displaced by the largest migration of people in recorded human history that occurred during the Partition of India of seventy years ago.  There is an undeniable core of importance and respect present in the film that shows the great care of Chadha and all involved.

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