Swallow

USA 2019
Director : Carlo Mirabella-Davis
Cast : Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Elizabeth Marvel, David Rasche, Denis O‘Hare

94 Min. | OV
German Premiere
Independent Section

Rising star, Haley Bennett, soars in »Swallow«, the debut feature of Carlo Mirabella- Davis. Inspired by the life of his grandmother who was trapped in an unhappy marriage and used Obsessive Compulsive Disorder rituals to deal with a life in which she felt increasingly powerless, »Swallow« follows a newly pregnant and repressed young wife, Hunter, whose compulsion to secretly and physically consume specific objects grows as she seeks freedom from the oppression of her controlling husband and the malignant patriarchal norms. In the masculine world of power and success, the idealized role of a perfect housewife in a gilded cage doesn’t sit right with her. Her ever-present contented smile belies her inner turmoil as she develops a rare eating disorder called »pica«- she is desperate to control the one thing she can: her body. Like a warped fairy tale, we follow her journey of self-discovery, as the selection of objects she dares to ingest become more and more revealing of the depth of her inner crisis. Sweeping awards from its World Premiere in Tribeca, through Neuchâtel, and Fantasia, it is an audacious and exquisite offering.