Swallow | Denver Film Society | Carlo Mirabella-Davis | USA

Swallow

Carlo Mirabella-Davis

Psychological, Thriller, Women's Issues

EnglishUSA201994 min

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Overview

In an interview with Refinery 29, filmmaker Carlo Mirabella-Davis was asked about the takeaway of his utterly chilling (yet, at moments, wryly funny) psychological thriller about a housewife in distress for women viewers. He said he hoped it would empower them to discover who they really are. Lead actress Haley Bennett’s response? “Rage, rage, rage, rage, rage, rage.”


Certainly Bennett tapped into her anger, among other pungent emotions, to play Hunter, a pregnant homemaker who appears perfectly content in the domestic sphere, caring for her husband and preparing for the birth of their child. Until, that is, she begins compulsively swallowing things unfit for consumption: a marble here, a thumbtack there. As her condition worsens, so does her family’s determination to control it—and her.


Theories as to the causes of the eating disorder known as pica abound, but Mirabella-Davis puts a menacingly clever feminist spin on the malady in his portrait of a woman who is learning all too well that what we desperately struggle to keep inside always has a way of getting out.

Producer: Mollye Asher, Carole Baraton, Frédéric Fiore, Mynette Louie | Editor: Joe Murphy | Cinematographer: Katelin Arizmendi | Screenwriter: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Cast: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O'Hare, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche
Additional Countries: France