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Critic Reviews for Swallow
It's worth seeing for Mirabella-Davis' strong compositions and use of color, along with Bennett's great work.
Carlo Mirabella-Davis' feature debut would be worth recommending if it was simply an impeccably shot meditation on upper-class ennui of the Feminine Mystique variety. That being said, it's much more than that.
By the end, characters who initially seemed so simple have taken on startlingly different personas, revealing the true face of an oppressive system in the process - one in which men make the rules, and can institutionalize those who don't conform.
This bracing look at the oppressiveness of gender roles may feel a bit familiar for most of its running time, but the film's breathless final passage suggests...that the 21st century might offer bold new endings for such regrettably timeless stories.
The idea is cartoonish in its essence but the pic is shot and played with such straight-faced realism that Swallow becomes utterly ridiculous.
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