There’s a reason the trailers and posters for Darren Aronofsky’s “mother!” have revealed virtually nothing about the plot. To say almost anything about this strangely titled movie is to give almost everything away. Read this review, then, only if you want all secrets spoiled.

“mother!” features two major league stars, Jennifer Lawrence and Javier Bardem, as a couple whose home is invaded by visitors. Its billing as a “psychological thriller,” however, isn’t quite accurate. The movie is really an extended metaphor for the relationship between God, man and the Earth. There are nods to specific Biblical figures, including Adam, Eve and Jesus Christ, along with references to such modern-day concerns as revolution, war and genocide.

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If that sounds a little arty, abstract and overbearing, well, it is. What keeps us interested, though, is the allegorical guessing-game that Aronofsky skillfully forces us to play. We immediately have a sense of what’s going on — but who, exactly, represents what?

Lawrence plays mother, the pretty young wife of a poet (Bardem) identified in the credits as Him. They live in a country house overflowing with rustic charm. While the poet works at his desk, mother contentedly renovates the house. “I want to make a paradise,” she says.

When an ailing man (Ed Harris) and his jaded wife (Michelle Pfeiffer) arrive out of nowhere, trouble starts. These two are drinkers, smokers, fornicators and, worst of all, slobs. They invite first their family (Brian and Domnhall Gleeson play two sons who act out a familiar Biblical story) and then their friends, until eventually mother’s house is overrun by partygoers, creeps, cultists and even the U.S. military.

Symbols, needless to say, aren’t as compelling as characters, but two actors here manage to bring their roles to life. One is Pfeiffer as a sophisticated, metropolitan version of Eve; the other is Lawrence, who plays a kind of hippie-dippie life-spirit, yet conveys a human grit and ferocity.

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Aronofsky’s scenes of chaos, horror and destruction can feel heavy-handed, and his contemporary commentary isn’t quite clear. Nevertheless, “mother!” is a daring and fully realized piece of work. If it doesn’t answer all your questions, that’s because it’s attempting to explain nothing less than the meaning of existence.