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Under the Skin (1997)

Although married and pregnant Rose has always been Mother's favorite, it is younger sister Iris whose life is shaken up by Mother's death. Suffocating, Iris spirals out of control and copes... See full summary »

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Although married and pregnant Rose has always been Mother's favorite, it is younger sister Iris whose life is shaken up by Mother's death. Suffocating, Iris spirals out of control and copes by losing herself in sexual oblivion. She leaves her steady, Gary, for a steady stream of one night stands in the arms of mysterious strangers, alienating Gary, Rose, her friends, and her employers in the process. Will this go on until she loses everything that is meaningful to her? Written by Martin Lewison <lewison@pitt.edu>

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Iris Kelly: [voice-over] When I was small my mother was everything to me. I thought she was beautiful, and I wanted to be like her. I used to try and smile, walk and talk just like her; I even practiced laughing like she did. My mother loved flowers, and her favourite flowers were roses. And so she called my sister Rose. And she called me Iris.
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ONE LOVE
Written by Grant Marshall (as Grantley Marshall), Robert Del Naja, Horace Hinds (as Horace Andy),
C.J. Williams
Performed by Massive Attack
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wrenching, stunning
27 February 2002 | by See all my reviews

writer & director carine adler does an admirable job in telling this story of how two sisters are affected by their mother's death. it avoids the sugary sentiment of most sibling films while exposing the frailties and faults of these characters in such an honest way. samantha morton is superb as a lonely young girl spiraling downward. i was touched and amazed by her performance. claire rushbrook (also in secrets & lies) is great as the maternal Rose.

i watched this late one night not knowing what to expect and was fascinated by the slow disintegration of the main character Iris. definitely a film to watch for anyone who appreciates movies that reveal things about life rather than offer mawkish fairy tales to pacify viewers.


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