It’s the setup for a portrait of a breakdown, for an installment of that venerable, sadism-inflected mini-genre that is the portrait of a woman coming undone, often in isolation. – Vulture
IFC’s latest feature, Swallow follows one woman’s unraveling as she struggles to reclaim independence in the face of an oppressive system by whatever means possible. Directed by Cairo Mirabella-Davis (Knifepoint), the film opened recently in select theaters and is now available on VOD. The film won the Special Prize at the Deauville Film Festival and Best Actress for Haley Bennett at Tribeca.
The film stars Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare and Elizabeth Marvel, and features score by Nathan Halpern (One & Two). See more details below.
IFC presents SWALLOW, available now everywhere On Demand (Swallow Movie online).
On the surface, Hunter (Haley Bennett) appears to have it all. A newly pregnant housewife, she seems content to spend her time tending to an immaculate home and doting on her Ken-doll husband, Richie (Austin Stowell). However, as the pressure to meet her controlling in-laws and husband’s rigid expectations mounts, cracks begin to appear in her carefully created facade. Hunter develops a dangerous habit, and a dark secret from her past seeps out in the form of a disorder called pica – a condition that has her compulsively swallowing inedible, and oftentimes life-threatening, objects. A provocative and squirm-inducing psychological thriller, SWALLOW follows one woman’s unraveling as she struggles to reclaim independence in the face of an oppressive system by whatever means possible.