starts with a couple in a cocoon: a secluded old house, away from the world. But all is not quite well. The young wife (Jennifer Lawrence) is warm, beautiful, devoted, and highly capable — she’s restoring their once-devastated home all by herself — but the middle-aged husband (Javier Bardem) is suffering through a long creative dry spell. His frustrations are spilling into their relationship. When unexpected visitors arrive (Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, for starters), their safe existence is deeply challenged in this highly metaphorical film.