Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Under the Skin 2013

Under the Skin

     A woman finds another woman’s body and she dons the woman’s skin like she is putting on clothes.  She drives around Glasgow Scotland in a white van.  She is seeking to pick up men and she takes them to an abandoned flat.  They follow her through a dark doorway and she begins to back away from them.  They walk forward but they begin walking into a black pool.  The woman doesn’t seem to go into the pool but stays above the surface of the pool. 
     You will need a different mind-set to view this film.  Almost everything is unexplained and different.  Many scenes are almost in slow motion, we don’t know why there is a black pool, why doesn’t she go into the pool and what happens to the men?  One man goes into the pool and possibly because he is imperfect, he comes out of the pool?  There are many interactions and visual images with many meanings?  She seems to be naïve and unfamiliar with everyday life?  3* (This movie is OK)  

108 min, Drama directed by Jonathan Glazer with Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy McWilliams, Lynsey Taylor Mackay, Dougie McConnell, Kevin McAlinden, D. Meade, Andrew Gorman, Joe Szula, Krystof Hadek.

Note:  Imdb 6.2 out of 10, 86% critic 54% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Roger Ebert 4*.
Special Note:  A lot of the men have very thick Scottish accents and subtitles are almost needed to understand what they are saying?  The woman doesn't speak like this at all.  The expression on the DVD cover is her almost all the time look.  Only changes if happy or afraid.

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