Under the Skin

August 1, 2014 at 6:52 pm | Posted in Film Review | Leave a comment
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It is New Zealand International Film Festival time again in Wellington, and after some confusion I saw my first film: Under the Skin.

Warning: Plot Elements disclosed.

Scarlett Johansson plays the part of a nameless women who picks up young men, with no family and friends, and disappears them. She makes it look easy; then she gets a lot of practice. Why is never answered.

There is nudity – but not really in a sexual way; more of a clinical approach. It is almost as if the mysterious young woman does not understand her own body – that she is following a script. What lies behind this is eventually revealed; and it is a bit of a shock – but it does explain the film’s title.

Johansson does a great job.

The film is set in Scotland, possible Glasgow, using a mix of rundown suburbs and stark countryside.

It reminded me of Liquid Sky and Repo Man.


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