!” went off like a bomb in late summer 2017, incensing viewers for its unruly, free-flowing storyline, Biblical allegories, environmental protest, and chaotic violence. In the film, Jennifer Lawrence
and Javier Bardem
play a wife and husband who are also meant to represent Mother Earth and God (or whatever creation figure you ascribe to), and their sprawling house, as it becomes overrun by rowdy houseguests, turns into an apocalyptic nightmare-scape meant to represent the destruction of the planet and its resources.
Because of its weighty ambitions, the movie has inspired fierce reactions, even four years later. As Aronofsky revealed at a masterclass during Egypt’s El Gouna Film Festival this weekend (via Variety), he still gets fervent missives from viewers about the movie, including in the form of hate mail.
“We were nervous about how controversial it was going to be, but then when you release a movie to the world,