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Under the Skin (2013)

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A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 101 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jeremy McWilliams ...
The Bad Man
Lynsey Taylor Mackay ...
The Dead Woman
Dougie McConnell ...
Pick-Up Man
Kevin McAlinden ...
First Victim
D. Meade ...
Leering Man
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Second Victim
Joe Szula ...
Man at Club
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The Swimmer (as Krystof Hadek)
Roy Armstrong ...
Father at Beach
Alison Chand ...
Mother at Beach
Ben Mills ...
The Baby
Oscar Mills ...
The Baby
Lee Fanning ...
Motorcyclist #1
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Andrew
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Storyline

An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of the human prey she came to plunder. She seduces her isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin the change the alien visitor. She begins to discover herself as human with tragic and terrifying consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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14 March 2014 (UK)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,154 (USA) (4 April 2014)

Gross:

$2,605,039 (USA) (1 August 2014)
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1.85 : 1
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The film took nearly ten years to be made, and one of the early drafts of the scripts included a Scottish married couple who were revealed to be aliens in disguise. Brad Pitt was, at the time, cast as one half of the couple. See more »

Goofs

As the female is driving around looking for men the camera perspective is intended to be from the view of the Female. But several times prior to the 13 min mark the shot is clearly from the left side of the vehicle (the passenger side vs the drivers side). See more »

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[first lines]
Female Voice: [with a mechanical buzz over shadowy morphing orbs] T- D, S- Z- Th, B- T- V, H- T- D- K- G, S- Z- P- B, Ba-Ba- T- T, K- Kuh- Ch, Th- V- Th, Zzz- Sss- Bzz- Ch, B-B-Buh- V-V-Vuh, G-G-Guh D-D-Duh.
Female Voice: [now over a shiney white torus, slowly morphing] B-B-Buh- B-B-Buh, B-B-Beh, B-B-Beh, Bah, N-N-Nuh- N-N-Nuh, N-N-Nuh- No. N-N-Nuh, F- Feel- Field, Fill- Filled- Filts, Foil- Failed- Fell, Felds- Pill- Pills, Pall- Nall.
Female Voice: [now over a watery chestnut-brown eye] Foal- Foals, Fold- Fold, Pool- Pool, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Barnaby Smyth is listed twice as Foley Editor. See more »

Connections

References 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) See more »

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C90
Performed by Soundtree
Written by Luis Almau (as Almau)/Peter Raeburn (as Raeburn)
Published by Soundtree Music Publishing Ltd
Licensed courtesy of Nowever Records
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The non-spoiler trailers represents this wonderful movie perfectly
9 August 2014 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Did any of the 100+ 'one star' 'worst film ever' reviewers see the trailer for 'Under the Skin'? If they had, they would have known exactly what they were in for. I'm just guessing that the prospect of seeing Scarlett Johansson naked had many of them them throw caution into the wind. And then they felt cheated. Serves them right.

The trailer perfectly captures the mood of this film, without giving anything away. Distancing, cold, slow, with a continuous sense of doom, terrifying, but also heartbreaking. Some scenes (on the beach, the last passenger, the two guys) will stay with me forever.

An amazing performance by Scarlett Johansson, who was given very little dialogue and had to act non-verbally for most of the running time. Superb soundtrack, editing, and cinematography. It takes some effort to keep up and fill in the blanks (an easy film this is not), but the rewards are ample. But please, see the trailer first.


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