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New mother! Clips Teases Darren Aronofsky’s Seriously Troubled Home

Everything we’ve seen about writer/director Daren Aronofsky’s mother! thus far has made this one of the movies we’re most excited about this fall. When we caught the trailer at a recent screening of Dunkirk, the audience laughed nervously once it ended, with a smattering of applause, because even in truncated, fractured form (which is exactly how the trailer was edited), mother! is riveting.

The latest clip, a tense tet-a-tet between Jennifer’s Lawrence’s character (who is described simply as “mother” in press materials) and Michelle Pfeiffer’s (no character name yet for her, either) actually revolves around motherhood. Pfeiffer’s character is hardly trying to endear herself to Lawrence’s, in fact, it seems as if she’s doing her best to get inside her head.

This clip, as it turns out, was what some seriously eagle-eyed Reddit users were able to unpuzzle from a thread recently dropped that lead to a secret URL and finally, once you used your mouse to rotate the kaleidoscope until the letters mother! line up, the below clip appeared.

That is some seriously clever, and coded, film promotion, and its fitting considering we know almost nothing about Aronfosky’s latest. The man behind Pi, Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan knows a thing or two about getting under our skin, and mother! looks like no exception.

Here’s the entire synopsis:

“A couple’s relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.”

mother! stars Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, and Michelle Pfeiffer in the title roles. It’ll be knocking on the door of your local theater on September 15. Will you answer? 

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