‘Swallow’ Is a Haunting Cinematic Portrait on Body and Control

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Compulsion and control

According to a study published in Psychological Science in 2014, Hunter’s reaction of laugh-crying simultaneously is an incongruous emotional response, also known as a dimorphous behavior. Surprisingly, it’s one of the ways of finding balance and returning to homeostasis.

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A pica diagnosis

Pica, which is classified as the “persistent eating of nonnutritive, nonfood substances” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), is a mental health condition in the same family as obsessive-compulsive disorder. It’s an eating disorder involving behaviors that are not part of a culturally supported or socially normative practice.

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Symbolism of body horror

An arthouse film in the body horror genre, “Swallow” builds suspense with each object consumed. Also known as biological horror, a main feature of this film genre is the destruction or degeneration of a human body or bodies.

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Inspired by a true story

“Swallow” is inspired by memories of Mirabella-Davis’ grandmother, Edith. In the ’50s, Edith washed her hands obsessively and was later institutionalized, where she reportedly received electroshock therapy and a bilateral lobotomy.

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