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Under the Skin (2013)

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

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 23 wins & 93 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
Andrew Gorman ...
Second Victim
Joe Szula ...
Man at Club
Krystof Hádek ...
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

A female drives a van through the roads and streets of Scotland seducing lonely men. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

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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

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

Novelist and screenwriter Alexander Stuart ("The War Zone") wrote the first three drafts of the script. See more »

Goofs

When Laura is walking down the street before she trips, you can see reflections of a crew member in a high-vis vest helping the camera follow her down the street. 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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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Art of Hall Wines (2015) 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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Under the Skin is a unique experience
30 July 2014 | by (Argentina) – See all my reviews

Under the Skin is just his third film, but director Jonathan Glazer is already being compared to filmmakers like Stanley Kubrick or David Lynch, something which seems simultaneously appropriate and a bit condescending. Yes, his movies possess a certain coldness and a cadence which are similar to Kubrick's style (specially Birth), while the characters experiment the opposite: explosive emotions they can't always express (well, in Sexy Beast, that was the only thing which could be expressed by Ben Kingsley's character). And now, with Under the Skin, Glazer ventures into the oblique and experimental kind of cinema Lynch uses to make. However, I think the film is good enough to transcend comparisons; and Glazer's vision feels so deep and personal that it deserves to be evaluated on its own merits, and not on its (hypothetical) similarity to another director's work. In those terms, Under the Skin is one of the best films I have seen this year, and I'm sure that I will keep discovering new details and new interpretations every time I will re-visit it, something which is quite remarkable if we consider its languid rhythm and simple structure. The film has very few dialogs, and big part of the scenes seem to extend themselves without too much sense. But instead of getting boring, it captured me from the first scene because of its hypnotic intensity and Scarlett Johansson's extraordinary performance. I simply think she brings her best performance so far in Under the Skin, because it's deceptively simple at first sight, but incredibly eloquent and detailed when we appreciate the wide emotional range transmitted by her most subtle variations of expression and body language. And that combination of performance and subtext is what distinguishes Under the Skin, making it an excellent sample of science fiction which is minimalistic on its shape, but with many levels of meaning and interpretation. On the negative side, there are a few logical holes in the screenplay. However, that doesn't avoid me from enthusiastically recommending Under the Skin as a unique and unforgettable experience. Having said that, I also have to point out the fact that this film won't be for every taste. Some people might find Under the Skin boring and pretentious. But those who accept the challenge of exploring diffuse subjects of identity, humanity and gender will probably enjoy this fascinating variation of a science fiction cliché filtered through a reflexive and philosophical sensibility.


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