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Under the Skin (1997)

A woman explores her sexuality to cope with the passing of her mother, leading her to profound revelations about herself and the people closest to her.

Director:

Carine Adler

Writer:

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 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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

Your body betrays your soul.

Genres:

Drama

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Details

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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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$140,254

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$140,254
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR (35 mm prints)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Soundtracks

Space Dust
Written by Jagz Kooner, Gary Burns, Dean Thatcher, Rick Barrows and Richard Thair
Performed by The Aloof
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Lovely little movie that stays with you
16 November 1999 | by ctowner1See all my reviews

I was surprised at the fact that this movie has stayed with me several days after I saw it. The plot isn't anything special- and the writing didn't really affect me either. But somehow two elements of the movie HAVE remained: Samantha Morton's sweet and strirring performance as a young girl dealing with the pain of a lost mother and the music. I don't know who wrote the score, but it really helps to complement to sort of melancholy mood that embraces Ms. Morton. Ms. Morton's performance, which ranges from joyful, to needy, to desperate, to erotic is powerful. And her rendition of Alone again Naturally at the end of the movie is soulful. Surprisingly, the movie works.


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