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...
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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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Director Adler based her ideas for the script on forensic psychiatrist Estela Weldon's book "Mother Madonna Whore" which argues that, whereas men externalize their grieving processes through anger, women internalize them via paths which can incorporate such extreme reactions as mutilation and promiscuity. See more »
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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Samantha Morton has a reputation as a fine actress; but to me, she also has a reputation for appearing in "difficult" movies, and 'Under the Skin' is no exception. It tells the story of two sisters who struggle to cope with their mother's death; Morton's character cuts her ties with normal life, while her insecure sister manipulatively attempts to maintain the status she had as their mother's favourite. Of course, in a world of bland thrillers and romances, "difficult" can be a synonym for "good", and the drum-heavy soundtrack, and some disorienting camera-work, are actually quite effective at getting the viewer inside of Morton's head. On the downside, occasionally the film is slightly heavy-handed in making its points, the conclusion seems rather stuck-on, and not following naturally from the climax of the drama; and the world portrayed is, until that conclusion, one almost wholly without joy, so it makes for gruelling watching. It's an interesting film, but in the end, not quite original enough to make watching it an altogether pleasurable experience.
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