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|“||MURDERERS! It's time to get the... f*** out of my house!||„|
|~ An enraged Mother to the Humanity crowd and Him.|
|“||You never loved me. You just loved how much I loved you. I GAVE YOU EVERYTHING. You gave it all away!||„|
|~ Mother as she is about to incinerate the house.|
mother (or Mother) is the titular protagonist of the 2017 psychological horror film of the same name.
She is the wife of the renowned poet Him, whose main goal throughout the film is to make a perfect paradise for her and her love.
She was portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, who also portrayed the young version of Mystique.
mother at first appears as the perfect wife who genuinely adores her husband. Even though Him began to exploit her when guests began arriving at their house, she tries to keep a straight face out of obedience. However, she does eventually call out Him for his lack of affection with her, so the two engage in relations. Upon conceiving her child, mother tries to protect her son at all costs because she knew that her husband would endanger their child. Upon the demise and subsequent cannibalization of her baby, any compassion that mother may have felt completely dissolves, as she angrily incinerates herself and the house out of vengeance.
As she lays dying in Him's arms, mother admits that even though she was heartbroken she could not give everything that she wanted for Him, she still possesses some love for her husband, and allows Him to remove her heart.
The film begins with an unnamed woman burning the house that the married couple lives in. Shortly afterward, Lawrence's mother awakens in bed and starts about trying to make the house a paradise. Throughout the film whenever the mother felt unsettled, a beating heart manifests from within the walls of the house. She also tries to encourage her husband who was suffering from writer's block. Despite this, Him seemingly grows more distant from her as she further spirals into the anguish of writer's block.
One day, a man arrives at the house, apparently mistaking it for a bed-and-breakfast establishment. Mother is slightly irritated by this man's appearance, but she allows him to spend the night at their home when Him was insisting that they should. Soon afterward, Man's Wife makes herself unwelcome in the house, poking fun at mother because of how she hadn't been intimate with her husband. When the couple accidentally shatters a glass shard belonging to Him, they are thrown out. The couple's sons somehow locate them to the house, and they argue over the inheritance left for them when their father dies. In a heated moment, the older son of the couple overpowers his brother and kills him. This leads to relatives of the couple arriving at the house to mourn the loss of the younger son. This further agitates mother as none of the guests give her the utmost respect. This culminates in some unruly guests breaks a pipe, causing the house to become flooded. Mother confronts Him, criticizing him for allowing all of these guests into their domain. However, she gets cut off by Him who forcefully kisses her, leading to the two engaging in sex. She announces to Him that she was pregnant the next day. Delighted by the news, this inspires Him to begin writing again.
The poem becomes a massive success which leads to more people invading the house, and desecrating rooms in order to prove that they were there. Mother passes through various rooms, each room has inhabitants in them that are committing horrid actions like trafficking, satanic rituals, and executions. Him barricades mother in his study where she inevitably gives birth. When Him asks to present his newborn son to the crowd of people, mother refuses, knowing that Hims' followers would surely kill the infant. The two stare at each other for an extended period of time until mother succumbs to sleep. She wakes up to her horror that the baby had been pried from her by her husband, and that the baby was being carried violently by the crowd. The baby's neck snaps from the blunt force, and when mother races where the baby was last seen, she realizes that a cult that was established was consuming the mutilated corpse of her son. She slaughters a great bit of the crowd, only to be overpowered and nearly beaten to near-death. Him saves her, and while he is sorrowful over his loss, he insists that they forgive his followers. This is the final straw for mother, and she runs into a basement, and pours oil onto the ground. Before lighting the oil, she accuses Him of loving her merely because she loved him. The house becomes engulfed in flames, consuming Him's followers.
Him carries the charred body of mother in his arms, making her realize that whatever Him was, he certainly was not human. Him explains to her that as a creator, he has to continually create, and reveals that he truly did not want her to suffer as much as she did. As a final act of love, mother allows Him to remove her heart. Mother's body blackens as a result. Him then takes her heart and squeezes it between his hands, extracting a crystal from it. He then places the crystallized object on the stand and somberly laughs. The house is remade, and a new version of the mother awakens in the bed, loudly wondering where her husband was.
While it is generally agreed upon (and outright confirmed) that mother represents the physical embodiment of the Earth, and/or Mother Nature, there are several darker suggestions as to what she represents. One lesser-known theory is that mother is an allegorical representation of Lucifer, otherwise known as Satan/The Devil. According to some beliefs, Lucifer was created as being the most beautiful out of God's creations, at least until mankind was created. When God presented the angels to humans, Lucifer became enraged, believing that humans were inferior to him (in some instances, he was even told to bow to man). In mother! mother expresses nothing but contempt for the guests that arrive to her house, culminating in her committing to what is the equivalent of a planetary genocide. Many also view mother's interaction with women as a clue towards the "Satan theory". Mother discusses the precious crystallized object is not to dissimilar to how the Serpent tempting Eve with the Forbidden Fruit. Her falling down the flock of stairs before setting the house ablaze can also be seen as her metaphorically going into Hell, a place that the Devil is destined to go to. Her actions can be interpreted as her being envious of all of the love that Him expresses to his followers sometimes at the cost of mother sacrificing everything, but it is not enough.