Director: Laurence Vannicelli | 2022 | 99 mins | Psychological Thriller | USA | English
World Premiere – Brooklyn Horror Film Festival 2022
Official Selection – Other Worlds Austin Film Festival 2022
Official Selection – Panic Fest 2023
Official Selection – Fantasy Filmfest 2023
Emmett wants to sell his recently deceased mother’s house, but lingering memories of childhood abuse soon emerge when he and his fiancé Anya stay the night. Anya convinces him to take mushrooms to get him to let go. But something strange happens while they’re tripping: she starts behaving like his mother. The next morning, he wakes up sober, but she still won’t drop the act… Anya loves playing games — is this her taking it too far? Or did his mother’s spirit somehow possess her?
With the most twisted depiction of a couple in crisis in which the power dynamics are ever-shifting, MOTHER, MAY I? is a psychological thriller about who we think we are and who we pretend to be.
“RODEN’S WORK IS NOTHING SHORT OF EXCEPTIONAL AS SHE TRAVERSES THE TWO BATTLING PSYCHES… MOTHER MAY I IS A FREUDIAN NIGHTMARE MADE REAL.”
– THE HOLLYWOOD NEWS
“THOUGHTFULLY CRAFTED WITH DISTINCT SENSITIVITY, AND EMBRACES THE TENDER, GRITTY, AND PAINFUL EMOTIONS OF A LOST CHILDHOOD.”
– SLAY AWAY
“THE REAL HORROR OF THE MOVIE STEMS FROM RELATIONSHIP DYNAMICA AND STIFLED EMOTIONS.”
– DREAD CENTRAL
“A CAUTIONARY TALE ABOUT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DENY PARTS OF OURSELVES THAT INHIBIT WHO WE WANT TO BECOME.”
– ELEMENTS OF MADNESS
“VANNICELLI’S MIND-TWISTER SLOW BURNS ITS WAY TO A TRULY HORRIFIC ACT.”
– SCARIEST THINGS
“HOLLAND RODEN GIVES TWO INCREDIBLE PERFORMANCES.”
“MOTHER, MAY I? HAS SO MUCH RAW EMOTION BEHIND IT.”
– MOVIE JAWN
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