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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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Carine Adler

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Carine Adler
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Samantha Morton ... Iris Kelly
Claire Rushbrook ... Rose Kelly
Rita Tushingham ... Mum
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ... Vron
Stuart Townsend ... Tom
Matthew Delamere ... Gary
Mark Womack ... Frank
Clara Francis Clara Francis ... Elena
Joe Tucker ... Sam
Daniel O'Meara ... Max
Crissy Rock ... Compere
Lisa Millett ... Sylvia (as Lisa Millet)
John Whitehall John Whitehall ... Man at station
Marie Jelliman Marie Jelliman ... Manageress
Michelle Byatt Michelle Byatt ... Woman In Lost Property
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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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Your body betrays your soul.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 May 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A flor de piel See more »

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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Samantha Morton's feature film debut. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
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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Performed by The Aloof
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excellent, deeply moving
15 February 2001 | by sashacdSee all my reviews

I saw Under the Skin on TV, very late, desperate to go to sleep, but I just couldn't stop watching it, it gripped me completely. It is a film about bereavment, and how different people cope with it. The film is deeply moving, courageously frank, and with a very strong visual style. The whole cast was excellent, but Samantha Morton was just fantastic. I recommend it fullheartedly.


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