Swallow

2020

Swallow

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On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend her time tending to an immaculate home and doting on her Ken-doll husband, Richie (Austin Stowell). However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and husband's rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade. Hunter develops a dangerous habit, and a dark secret from her past seeps out in the form of a disorder called pica -- a condition that has her compulsively swallowing inedible, and oftentimes life-threatening, objects. A provocative and squirm-inducing psychological thriller, SWALLOW follows one woman's unraveling as she struggles to reclaim independence in the face of an oppressive system by whatever means possible.

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Critic Reviews for Swallow

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (2)

  • It's worth seeing for Mirabella-Davis' strong compositions and use of color, along with Bennett's great work.

    Nov 8, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Carlo Mirabella-Davis' feature debut would be worth recommending if it was simply an impeccably shot meditation on upper-class ennui of the Feminine Mystique variety. That being said, it's much more than that.

    Aug 26, 2019 | Full Review…

    Katie Rife

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  • By the end, characters who initially seemed so simple have taken on startlingly different personas, revealing the true face of an oppressive system in the process - one in which men make the rules, and can institutionalize those who don't conform.

    May 5, 2019 | Full Review…

    Peter Debruge

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  • This bracing look at the oppressiveness of gender roles may feel a bit familiar for most of its running time, but the film's breathless final passage suggests...that the 21st century might offer bold new endings for such regrettably timeless stories.

    May 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
  • The idea is cartoonish in its essence but the pic is shot and played with such straight-faced realism that Swallow becomes utterly ridiculous.

    Apr 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • writer-director Carlo Mirabella-Davis also depicts Hunter as a young woman gradually regaining her sense of autonomy and control over her own body and destiny in circumstances where both she and her choices are repeatedly ignored.

    Nov 6, 2019 | Full Review…

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