A pregnant housewife, Hunter appears to have it all. However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and Ken-doll husband’s rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade. Hunter develops a dangerous eating habit, and a dark secret from her past seeps out.
With a stellar performance by Haley Bennett, Swallow is a surreal, candy-colored female empowerment thriller about women’s struggle for bodily autonomy. Joining the ranks of remarkably terrifying films about pregnancy, this drama moodily revives the suspenseful mood (and style) of Rosemary’s Baby.
Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003, Russia
Takeshi Kitano, 1996, Japan
Jia Zhangke, 1998, China
Mike Leigh, 2008, United Kingdom
Johnnie To, 2008, Hong Kong
Götz Spielmann, 2008, Austria
Aditya Assarat, 2007, Thailand
Wong Kar Wai, 2004, Hong Kong
Vincent Paronnaud,Marjane Satrapi, 2007, France
Michael Haneke, 2001, Austria