SWALLOW (2019)

dir. Carlo Mirabella-Davis. Hunter (Haley Bennett) is a newlywed, living with her husband in a beautiful glass house on the Hudson River in upstate New York. Her wealthy new family are loathsome, and Hunter copes by swallowing inedible objects, later diagnosed as a Pica disorder. A remarkable looking film, for such a difficult subject, their family home is as beautiful as the one in EX MACHINA (2015). More of a tense drama than a horror film, although there are some scenes of animal slaughter, and surgery that give the aesthetic of horror. Haley Bennett is remarkable, and is on camera for almost every shot. She reacts so honestly and believably to the oppressive, suffocating world around her, that it’s understandable, even perversely logical, why she makes her choices. The supporting cast includes David Rasche as the boorish father-in-law, a wonderful actor, and featured in some of the best TV series made, including ‘Succession’, ‘Veep’, and ‘Rubicon’. This is director Carlo Mirabella-Davis’s first feature, and it’s remarkable, definitely a name to watch.