Review: Swallow (Fantastic Fest 2019)

Title: Swallow
MPAA Rating: Not Yet Rated
Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Starring: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare
Runtime: 1 hr 34 mins

What It Is: Hunter (Bennett) is a trophy wife for the handsome and wealthy Richie (Stowell). Richie’s family is a bit controlling and it is only going to get worse and now she’s pregnant with his child. With a beautiful new home, a loving (sort of) husband and a child on the way what could possibly be wrong. Well…something. You see Hunter has turned to an odd, and controversial coping mechanism to deal with her immense ennui and possible depression. A coping mechanism that puts both her life and the life of her unborn child in danger.

What We Think: When you step back and view the film without its messages it makes not one lick of sense and comes off as nothing more than shock and awe filmmaking with a weird concept. But there it is…a film with a couple of different messages wonderfully balanced. Once you start seeing what happening…man does it hit. Bennett shines here and the weird and wonderful script feels natural coming from her. This film is by no means a horror film. I think that’s the thing that one has to realize. It is more so a psychological examination of things like Stockholm syndrome and PTSD. Its examination of mental illness is a healthy and accurate one.

Our Grade: A-, A stellar film and a helluva an adventure. This is a film that puts you on such a roller coaster. At one moment you’re feeling disgusted the next enlightened. I really cannot pinpoint the audience for this film. With that, I’d say that instead everyone should check it out and give me their two cents on this. Check it out whenever it decides to show up in theaters or on-demand near you.

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