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Swallow

Swallow

2020
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 34m
Hunter, a newly pregnant housewife, finds herself increasingly compelled to consume dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she must confront the dark secret behind her new obsession. (imdb)
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Swallow

2020
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 34m
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Rated 22 Mar 2020
50
21st
This is strong, if on the obvious side and pretty clearly indebted to Todd Haynes' Safe, for maybe the first half. That portion probably could have been crafted into a good short. Without getting spoilery, the remainder drifts away on a tangent and ends up pretty far afield.
Rated 18 Apr 2020
61
22nd
±Effective. All act well??Gory image @ start 2 unsettle upset my animal lover Try no spoilers ? hard 2 write..SO,Basic film plot/situ seen a lot, given strong, int twist by manner she 'acts'/calls out •Actress IS good & clear how director said 2 portray... but for 1st 20m I felt she might be -80 IQ; assume not aim! Husband acts well as peels away ? final scene??Impressive 2 cause tension just by her holding objects in hands, doing nothing •Delib slow & not fun ?
Rated 26 Apr 2020
53
54th
Could have stood as a worthy spiritual remake of SAFE, if only it had the courage to stick with its inherent weirdness rather than swerving toward too-slick profundity. You might even say it...choked. *smiles the satisfied smile of Haley Bennett with a thumbtack in her tummy*
Rated 26 Dec 2020
68
55th
Designed like a 70s Cronenberg movie inside and out, but not quite executed to the same degree. While Bennett is very good, the character work is just a little too flat - you find yourself wondering how the hell these two people even met, and whether everyone's actions can always have ONE single explanation, and neither of those two things marry well with the slow tempo. Still, as body horror goes, this is more than just fine.
Rated 13 Mar 2020
35
28th
not so good
Rated 05 Apr 2020
86
48th
I loved the film but hated the ending! This movie really did not need the generalizing BIG MESSAGE at the end - all the different women in the public loo -. What a fucked up feminist non sense message! Please, come on, not all men are shit -not even all rich men :)-. It's time to be brave and smart enough to depict complex and nuanced male characters in a film about female related existential issues.
Rated 28 Jan 2022
15
6th
The best synopsis: the film is about a very crazy woman who eats crap and defects children in the toilet. It doesn't have fun, doesn't instruct, doesn't build (the soul), no wonder (like art). You don1t waste your time. Total garbage.
Rated 31 Mar 2021
78
64th
A compelling look into the emotional state of a woman who feels trapped by her circumstances and overlooked by the people in her life. Great lead performance by Haley Bennett.
Rated 15 Jul 2021
70
82nd
A knockout performance from Haley Bennett anchors a cleverly written & gorgeously shot psychological nightmare that is, at times, genuinely more uncomfortable to watch than most more graphic films of its kind. Though it doesn't hit every note just right, it makes the most of its premise & takes the narrative in unexpected directions, making for some very interesting scenes & interactions. Also, Austin Stowell is fantastic as the slimiest Richie Rich manchild ever. Definitely worth watching.
Rated 20 Jul 2021
90
52nd
Though this is odd subject matter, I loved the overall look of the movie, and the caliber of acting talent was up there.
Rated 27 Jul 2021
65
56th
Came up as horror for me but clearly it's not. Even if it's disturbing it's a drama and thriller at the very most. I did however enjoy the movie because it's easy to relate to Hunter doing the things she do and why.
Rated 12 Oct 2021
55
62nd
I was expecting more thrills, but ended up getting an engaging, unique drama instead. I'm ok with that. Darkly funny at times. Relatable and human, defying the subject matter.
Rated 06 Jan 2022
70
78th
This was actually good despite the feminist propaganda.
Rated 20 Aug 2020
70
60th
Tür olarak bakıldığında korku veya gerilim olduğunu düşünmüyorum ama içinde korkunç insanları barındıran, rahatsız etmeyi başaran, sinir bozucu, üzücü, etkileyici bir drama. Swallow, bu senenin görülmesi gereken, önemli filmlerinden. Haley Bennett'ın performansı, kusursuza yakın.
Rated 29 Mar 2022
85
36th
Excitingly uncomfortable, i have neither the heart nor the stomach to watch it again
Rated 15 Jul 2022
53
41st
I'm not a big fan of these movies riding #metoo's coattails, where the gist is that men are bad. This one's better than most, though. It seems somewhat indebted to Haynes' "Safe", Haley Bennett is mesmerizing in the lead, and, while rather crude with flat characters, it isn't ridiculous.
Rated 15 Mar 2023
70
71st
Unnerving.
Rated 03 Jul 2023
65
33rd
The most straightforward movie I've ever seen. Genuinely feels like they only had like 2-3 ideas. She eats the hurty stuff because she has no power in her arranged marriage there ya go. It's just her eating ouchy stuff the whole movie and then the expected happens later (you'll know what I mean) and shortly after that an out of nowhere provocative shock reveal at the very end that is only related via the patriarchy theme (I guess?)
Rated 11 Dec 2020
60
25th
This doesn't quite earn its atmosphere of dread that it wants to have. We go from not knowing these people at all to "eating a marble" in less than 15 minutes. That's a problem narratively for a movie, even if speed is common for sufferers of pica. Also, "this ice is awesome" is an awful, awful line. Haley's performance is one I measure on a scale of good, not of great, and this only rarely hits any crescendo of intensity before the birthday party (very late). This missed the mark for me.
Rated 03 Sep 2020
84
54th
Who knew a movie about a woman who swallows a thumbtack would be so beautifully shot, great costumes, and well acted. Swallow, a compliment piece almost to 2020's other abuse film "Invisible Man", is a good character study on mental illness and abuse that is held back by convenient cliches or character actions. So many times a character is in the right place at the right time. It's unique premise definitely makes it less of an issue, but at points I did roll my eyes.
Rated 05 May 2020
21
21st
A silly drama that's shot and scored like a thriller, for some reason.
Rated 08 Apr 2022
48
10th
For the most part, 'Swallow' follows the standard 21st-century American indie template—a middle-of-the-road, unequivocal, uncontroversial essay whose thesis is always front and centre. The ending, however, with its bizarre evocation of redemptive prison rape and its inspirational women's bathroom music video, pushes the ultimate effect of the piece into high comedy.
Rated 24 Jul 2020
70
44th
Might look like a thriller but it's just a drama.
Rated 11 Nov 2020
60
20th
Pretty cool and interesting for a while, but it really fades away in the third act.
Rated 13 Apr 2020
65
62nd
İlginç 1 gerilim. Gelinine mobbing yaratan zengin aile, ilginç bir şekilde acayip nesnelerin tadına bakıp yutmaya başlar. Hamile olan eş, ultrasonda midesinden pil, iğne ve taş çıkartır. Merak edilen konusu, Haley Bennett harika oyunculuğuyla ilerleyen film, konuyu dağıtmayan kurgusuyla da izletiyor. Filmin sonunda, sıkıntıları var. Aile muhabbetine girip, çocuktan kurtulup rahatlıyor. İçine ata ata ne hale düştün? Tuta tuta çatlayacaksın be kadın.
Rated 03 Apr 2020
50
11th
but a perfect 100 for Haley Bennett.
Rated 16 Mar 2020
4
10th
felt like they skimped on the characters and thought the controversial content could carry it
Rated 05 Oct 2019
70
33rd
05/10/2019 @Nişantaşı City’s, Filmekimi &Demet
Rated 19 May 2020
63
19th
Reportedly, Mirabella-Davis had originally ended the film with Bennett yelling out YAS KWEEN!!!, but test audiences felt this was perhaps a bit too on-the-nose in a film that is all about being too on-the-nose.

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