Swallow (2019)

Swallow (2019)

This unsettling feminist thriller that will catch in your throat

6.9

Movie

France, United States France
English
Drama, Horror, Thriller
2019
CARLO MIRABELLA-DAVIS
Alyssa Bresnahan, Austin Stowell, Babak Tafti
96 min

What it's about

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.

The take

The disturbing conceit of a housewife swallowing inanimate objects may push some away, but those that can stomach it will find a searing exploration of patriarchal control over women’s bodies - an issue more relevant than ever in the US, as anti-choice zealots push closer to overturning abortion rights nationwide. 

An odd twist towards the end, and a tone-deaf bit about a Syrian refugee, make the film uneven. But, the edge of the seat suspense, sumptuously colorful cinematography, and Haley Bennet’s resonant performance make this worth seeing nonetheless. 

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