Director Darren Aronofsky has explained what his film ‘mother!’ was actually about.
- READ MORE: ‘Mother!’ – The NME Review
While being largely critically-acclaimed, ‘Mother!’ received a very rare and very low ‘F’ score from audiences.
Previously speaking to NME about the dark themes of the film, Aronofsky added: “I believe that in looking at the darkest parts of ourselves, that is how we see the light. Tragedy is an art form and I find it very cathartic. I do it to all my characters. Both men and women. I’m not gender specific!”
Now, Aronofsky has revealed the religious connotations behind the film’s themes.
Speaking yesterday (March 10) at his SXSW keynote address, The 10 Commandments of Indie Film, the director said, “I wanted to make a film about Mother Earth and how we treat Mother Earth.”
“I see the way we treat Mother Earth as incredibly disrespectful. We pillage her, we rape her, we call her dirt. That’s why Jennifer played the character the way she did. There’s a lot of emotion.”
Aronofsky also spoke of Bardem’s character and how he was meant to represent God. “I looked at the Bible and how the Old Testament God is painted. When you think about that God, if you don’t pray to him, he kills you. What type of character does that? For me, it was interpreting that to human emotion.”
“I’m in every one of my films. I’m the wrestler. I’m the ballet dancer,” he added. “Both Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem’s character. I’m every character in every movie.”
Commenting that he intends to create films that ‘disrupt,’ Aronofsky added, “With all the shit going on, you have no excuse to make empty films.”