Lily Baldwin

SWALLOWED

SWALLOWED

Film

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SWALLOWED

A SUBURBAN MOM'S LIFE IS UPTURNED BY THE BEAST GROWING INSIDE HER. 

What if the ideal life you've meticulously constructed isn’t enough? Your swallowed truths, buried longings, become a parasite that lives off you, in you, with you. It’s a nagging reminder of the unrequited; a codependent affair. This breaking point is the film SWALLOWED. Sam, newly a mother, shops at a supermarket with her baby and husband Carlson. She throws a neighborhood shishkabob party in her den. Her family shares a Sunday breakfast. But through her smiles and picturesque tasks, there's a suppression. Sam’s grown something she can no longer contain. As she purges this parasite, we move inside her body and experience this wildness as a feverish dance.The parasite ejects us back into the kitchen of another woman, alone eating breakfast as she looks at a happy couple pictured on the back of her cereal box. It’s Sam and Carlson. What's beneath a picture? A dream within a dream. Horror meets dance, SWALLOWED suggests a complex truth to motherhood and domesticity.

Part of the omnibus feature collective:unconscious.

Produced by Andrew Houchens
Executive Produced by Dan Schoenbrun
Cinematography by Dagmar Weaver-Madsen
Composed by Mark degli Antoni
Starring Lily Baldwin, Michael Dempsey


“An extraordinary and scary short film by Lily Baldwin, whose work has a visceral power similar to [David] Cronenberg’s [The Brood], but with an anxious female perspective.”
The New York Times

“Baldwin’s “Swallowed,” has the director herself as a woman whose queasy attitude toward motherhood develops into a “Rosemary’s Baby”-type situation of oversolicitous/menacing neighbors and physical revulsion.”
Variety

“In “Swallowed,” the dancer Lily Baldwin directs Mr. Carbone’s dream as a “Rosemary’s Baby”-style horror movie, casting herself as a new mother for whom parenthood is a disembodying experience.”
The New York Times

“The centerpiece involves ritualistic dancing that inverts the meaning of the choreography…Baldwin uses long, intensely subjective takes, gradually dramatizing a body’s potential internal invasion as a collection of writhing figures that might mock the vulnerability the mother experiences as feeling newly secondary to her child.”
Slant Magazine

“A Nightmare of Socialization.”
— Chris Kraus, author of I Love Dick


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