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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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The Bad Man
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The Dead Woman
Dougie McConnell ...
Pick-Up Man
Kevin McAlinden ...
First Victim
D. Meade ...
Leering Man
Andrew Gorman ...
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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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 to 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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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Pod kožom  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,154 (USA) (6 April 2014)

Gross:

$2,605,039 (USA) (3 August 2014)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Adam Pearson, who plays the disfigured man who is lured into the vehicle, broke his leg when he was struck by a cab on his way to audition for his role. Director Jonathan Glazer auditioned him the next day at the hospital and gave him the job. See more »

Goofs

When Laura first gets in the van at the flats, she doesn't shift gears at any point. Her left hand is seen on the wheel even though the engine can be heard changing. As she turn in front of the stadium, you can see it's a manual transmission transit van. See more »

Quotes

[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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None of the characters are named in the closing credits: the cast-list is only a list of actors' names. See more »

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References Tower Heist (2011) 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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Mesmerising existentialist Science Fiction
27 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

I believe Under the Skin to be one of the best Science Fiction films I've seen- and I've seen quite a few. Looking at our world though the eyes of an alien is an unsettling, moving and ultimately deeply philosophical experience, ending on an almost Graham Greenesque note. The lack of sentimentality or anthropomorphism in particular gives the film an immediate, almost documentary feel which actually draws you closer to Scarlett Johansson's businesslike seductress. However, this is not in any way a Hollywood production. If you like big, expensive sets, posing movie stars, and predictable, cosy entertainment, this film is not for you. But if you appreciate directors like David Lynch, writers like Philip K. Dick and actors actually acting, I strongly suggest you give Under the Skin a go.


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