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Directed by Lily Baldwin • 2016 • United States
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.