In the film mother!, Jennifer Lawrence's character is seen drinking some kind of yellow substance several times. She pours it from what looks like an old bottle into a glass of water, then drinks it.

What is it, and why does she drink it?

The bottle it's poured from and her drinking it can be seen briefly in this trailer.

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    It is never explained. Only speculation is available: bustle.com/p/…
    – BCdotWEB
    Commented Sep 16, 2017 at 6:39
  • After watching the film, to me the "bottle" was a prescription bottle. I'm fairly sure it had a prescription label.
    – user598527
    Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 19:53
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    @user598527 Which doesn't answer my question of what was in the bottle.
    – MattD
    Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 20:02
  • I posted a comment, not an answer. I wanted to give more substance and hear the opinion of others about the look of this bottle.
    – user598527
    Commented Sep 21, 2017 at 20:10
  • romper.com/p/…
    – MovieMe
    Commented Dec 23, 2017 at 18:47

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According to an interview Aronofsky did, he says the answer is a deliberate secret:

And what is that yellow potion that Mother drinks when she gets anxious? “I will never answer what Jen is drinking,” said Aronofsky. “That secret I will take to the grave.”

The most popular theory is that it was a reference to the 1892 story The Yellow Wallpaper. But that sounds too mild to be a secret Aronofsky takes to the grave.

  • Take the secret of something in a movie to the grave, that doesn't make sense to me.
    – Michael
    Commented Dec 6, 2019 at 1:07

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