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pica, an eating disorder that forces people to consume non-nutritional items – think of keys, rings and dirt. The film focuses on a young woman named Hunter Conrad (Haley Bennett), who leads an apparently privileged life as the wife of a second generation Wall Street tycoon (Austin Stowell). But her new family considers her with barely veiled contempt, exacerbating personal demons from a dark secret from her past. During the long, lonely days she spent in their quaint suburban home perched above the Hudson River, Hunter found himself so hungry for bonds that she began to ingest bits of her daily life. Starting with small objects – a marble here and a thumbtack there – it gradually progresses to consuming more dangerous objects, including a battery and a mini-screwdriver. “data-reactid =” 16 “> While trapped inside during the already annoying coronavirus pandemic, quarantined moviegoers find another source of tension thanks to the buzzing psychological thriller, Swallow. Since its first VOD on March 6, the first narrative feature by writer / director Carlo Mirabella-Davis has terrified Twitter with its overly authentic depiction of pica, an eating disorder that forces people to consume non-nutritional items – think of keys, rings and dirt. The film focuses on a young woman named Hunter Conrad (Haley Bennett), who leads an apparently privileged life as the wife of a second generation Wall Street tycoon (Austin Stowell). But her new family considers her with barely veiled contempt, exacerbating personal demons from a dark secret from her past. During the long, lonely days she spent in their quaint suburban home perched above the Hudson River, Hunter found himself so hungry for bonds that she began to ingest bits of her daily life. Starting with small objects – a marble here and a thumbtack there – it gradually progresses to consuming more dangerous objects, including a battery and a mini-screwdriver.

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cinemas closed to have reported blockbuster versions and left struggling short films to grab public attention. And it’s not just ordinary moviegoers SwallowThe fate of. Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas Howard both gave Mirabella-Davis’ film a virtual boost, and Kevin Smith, raved about it in a recent episode of his popular Fatman on Batman podcast, bringing the film to the attention of its large fan base. “I found it on iTunes”, the Clerk said the director enthusiastically. “He captured my imagination – incredibly well done.” “data-reactid =” 45 “> This intense reaction transformed the film – which was presented for the first time at the 2019 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, where it was acquired by IFC Films – into a real success story streaming at a time. cinemas closed to have reported blockbuster versions and left struggling short films to grab public attention. And it’s not just ordinary moviegoers SwallowThe fate of. Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas Howard both gave Mirabella-Davis’ film a virtual boost, and Kevin Smith, raved about it in a recent episode of his popular Fatman on Batman podcast, bringing the film to the attention of its large fan base. “I found it on iTunes”, the Clerk said the director enthusiastically. “He captured my imagination – incredibly well done.”

Clerk back in the day, “said the New York-based director. “He is such an inspiring figure and such an icon of independent film culture. I was really touched that he mentioned the film. He is also delighted that civilian moviegoers are chatting with each other online. “There are a lot of people who fan art, design posters and recommend themselves to them. The passion and enthusiasm of those who discovered the film through VOD was truly magical to see. “” Data-reactid = “51”> In discussions with Yahoo Entertainment, Mirabella-Davis continues to think about the fact that her film chose until Smith’s approval. “I remember seeing Clerk back in the day, “said the New York-based director. “He is such an inspiring figure and such an icon of independent film culture. I was really touched that he mentioned the film. He is also delighted that civilian moviegoers are chatting with each other online. “There are a lot of people who fan art, design posters and recommend themselves to them. The passion and enthusiasm of those who discovered the film through VOD was truly magical to see. “

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Mirabella-Davis credits her leader, as well as her publisher, Joe Murphy, for the skillful execution of each illusion. “With each [swallowing] sequence, Haley and I spent a lot of time talking about the different rhythms, and we divided each scene into very distinct transitions and counterpoints. One of the things that is amazing about her is that there are many times when the story of Hunter’s psychological journey has to be lived without words: she can show you all the different subtleties in her eyes and the micro-calibrations of his face. ”

Behind the camera, Mirabella-Davis focused on the intricacies of giving each object its own taste. “I wanted each of them to be like an emotional memory with its own psychological flavor,” he explains. “Marble seemed like the perfect thing to start with, because there is something nostalgic about it. As Hunter holds him in the light, you can hear the distant sounds of a beach scene – people laughing, gulls crying above you. It’s almost like a memory of his childhood, a moment of lost happiness. “These psychological flavors intensify as Hunter falls even more under the influence of the pica. The director describes the pushpin, for example, as a” dangerous connection “, which functions as a kind of aperitif for harmful objects than she begins to consume, culminating in this little sharp screwdriver which she swallows in a moment of horror for the public, and a moment of despair for her. “It is a moment when everything is constructed so that she looks into the empty “, confirms Mirabella-Davis.

Swallowing these items is only part of Hunter’s ritual; after they cross her digestive system, she saves them from being chased and displays them as trophies on the vanity of her room. This way of recovering made a big impression on Smith: “I was like” This movie is fucked up, man, “he said on his podcast. “I have never seen this before.” At the same time, Mirabella-Davis warns that collecting Hunter trophies is not necessarily a routine symptom of pica. “The manifestations differ for each patient,” he says, adding that he has recruited a clinical psychologist and pica expert, Dr. Rachel Bryant-Waugh, as a script consultant.

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“She gave a boost to the precision of [the collecting], but it’s something that is specific to that character as an interesting metaphor, “he says.” Trophies are important to her because it is a personal achievement. It is a film about someone one who regains control of her body, and also rebels against a very content and controlled world that has these expectations of how she should behave. There is this incredible demand for her to play the role of what should be a woman. Her moments of challenge which are her ways of recovering. “Seen through this lens, Mirabella-Davis thinks that the film deals less with bodily horror than bodily autonomy.” Even if pica is a a dangerous compulsion, it also acts as a catalyst for Hunter to rebel against the system. “

The invisible Man, which Universal comes out quickly on VOD following movie theater closings due to coronavirus. In fact, in the days following our conversation with Mirabella-Davis, he and Whannell exchanged compliments on their respective films on Twitter. “Data-reactid =” 101 “> This theme of female rebellion and recovery is Swallow an effective companion to Leigh Whannell’s recent horror hit, The invisible Man, which Universal comes out quickly on VOD following movie theater closings due to coronavirus. In fact, in the days following our conversation with Mirabella-Davis, he and Whannell exchanged compliments on their respective films on Twitter.

During their institutionalization, her children – including Mirabella-Davis’ mother, who was only three years old at the time – were placed in foster care. “My mother loves the film and was very touched by the reactions of people,” he reveals. “I am very grateful to my mother and father for showing me many films when I was a child. One of the sad things in the current situation is that I am not allowed to watch movies with them because we are all isolated! I am worried about them, but I will always treasure our time watching movies together. “

iTunes and Vudu.“data-reactid =” 108 “>Swallow is currently available for rental on digital streaming services like iTunes and Vudu.

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