Swallow

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Swallow's unconventional approach to exploring domestic ennui is elevated by a well-told story and Haley Bennett's powerful leading performance.

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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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  • This is a movie that cries out for attention, in ways both admirable and grating.

    April 30, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • In a time when everyone's anxieties are heightened, it's validating to see a film like Carlo Mirabella-Davis's Swallow, which understands that sometimes the scariest things are grounded in reality.

    April 17, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Swallow" is Bennett's show: she plays delicate, doting and disturbed with a fragility that is hypnotizing.

    March 20, 2020 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • The timing feels right for this DSM-friendly thriller, provided you have the stomach for it. This is not an easy watch. There is, however, a lot to chew on.

    March 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A remarkably rebellious film, filled with a kind of sly, anarchic energy from which one wants to greedily drink as it cracks through, and pours from, its hard, candy-colored shell.

    March 20, 2020 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
  • It takes place in a landscape that's largely internal - but that's territory that can be just as filled with darkness and dread as a forbidding mansion.

    March 19, 2020 | Full Review…

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