Review in Brief: Swallow (2019/20)

In SWALLOW, Hunter (Haley Bennett, terrific) is trapped in a miserable marriage and pregnancy to a rich asshole. The only excitement in Hunter’s day, the only control she can exert on her monotonous life is which objects she puts into her body. She consumes them for every passive-aggressive slight she endures at the hands of pretty much everyone she meets, not least her nearest and dearest and they are retained as mementos or trophies once they pass through her. “I wanted to do it so I did it!”. But even this freedom is eventually taken away from Hunter and she essentially ends up under house arrest with a burley Syrian watching her every move because her husband refuses to even try to understand how he is making her feel. Hunter’s painful journey into herself is only just beginning and sooner or later she has to make a stand to regain her freedom. This is unusual, twisted and heartfelt stuff. SSP

About Sam Sewell-Peterson

I'm not paid to write about film - I do it because I love it. Favourite filmmakers include Bong Joon-ho, Danny Boyle, the Coen Brothers, Nicolas Winding Refn, Clio Barnard, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Paul Verhoeven, Taika Waititi and Edgar Wright. All reviews and articles are original works written and owned by me. They represent one man's opinion, and I'm more than happy to engage in civilised debate if you disagree.
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