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Under the Skin

(Under the Skin)


Visually and aurally audacious and as slippery in form as its central character, Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast, Birth) elliptical sci-fi about an alien creature (Scarlett Johansson) who stalks down human prey is a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and reality. In a stunning early sequence of metamorphosis, the naked femme fatale dons the attire of her predecessor and goes out on the prowl in a non-descript van, effortlessly procuring not-so gullible lads from the backstreets of Glasgow and local highways and luring them into an unimaginable void. Through alien eyes, the world appears desolate, the men all hungry and wanting. Through human eyes, her insatiable drive feels strangely vindicated. The cycle mutates when a routine pick-up unexpectedly kindles an empathetic response, infecting her with humanness and illuminating the fate of the one who came before. Filmed on location in Scotland, where not all the male victims were knowing participants, the filmmaking recalls the realism of Ken Loach as much as the surrealism of David Lynch. Vividly heightened by Mica Levi’s (of Micachu and the Shapes) discordant string and synth score, Glazer has created an entirely distinctive film, both creepy and luminous in its metaphysical precision.

A movie directed by Jonathan Glazer

2013 - 108 minutes - Color - Dolby Digital - 1.85

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Main Cast

  • The Female
  • The Bad Man
  • The Dead Woman
  • Pick-Up Man
  • First Victim
  • Leering Man
  • Second Victim
  • Man at Club
  • The Swimmer
  • Father at Beach
  • Mother at Beach
  • The Baby
  • The Baby
  • Motorcyclist #1
  • Andrew

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Release dates

  • March 14, 2014
  • May 29, 2014
  • July 05, 2014 (Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival)
  • October 13, 2013 (London Film Festival)
  • March 02, 2014 (Glasgow Film Festival)
  • March 14, 2014
  • August 29, 2013 (Telluride Film Festival)
  • April 04, 2014 (Los Angeles, California)