The new film from Requiem for a Dream and Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky, it's the mysterious and horrifying story of a seemingly happily married couple whose house is invaded by complete strangers.
Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem star as the unnamed couple 'Mother' and 'Him', with the former's psychological unravelling proving central to the storyline. Meanwhile Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer and brothers Domhnall and Brian Gleeson offer sinister support.
So what have reviewers made of it? Unsurprisingly given it played to a film festival audience it's said to have elicited boos and cheers in equal measure, the movie possessed of a violent, unrelenting and intense nature. Collider's Brian Formo seems pretty magnanimous with the following response.
mother! is Aronofsky's Hour of the Wolf. I like the audacity, even though it's repetitious. Resting WTF Face. Applause + boos at #Venezia74— Brian Formo (@BrianFormo) September 5, 2017
FirstShowing's Alex Billington is more effusive with the praise.
Mother! - Intense. Breathtaking. Darren indicts all of humanity in one of the most heart-pounding, incredible cinematic experiences. Whoa.— Alex Billington (@firstshowing) September 5, 2017
The Telegraph's Robbie Collin offers a highbrow response, although it's the second sentence that speaks volume.
Mother! (Aronofsky): Goya's Disasters of War via What To Expect When You're Expecting. My insides have turned to porridge. #Venezia74— Robbie Collin (@robbiereviews) September 5, 2017
Needless to say, not everyone is enthused. Polish journalist Marta Balaga expresses disappointment.
And writer Leonardo Goi says the movie failed to live up to his expectations.
It seems safe to say that Aronofsky's latest will prove divisive and controversial, igniting debate among you Cineworlders.