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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.

Director:

Jonathan Glazer
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 25 wins & 102 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

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

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

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Country:

Switzerland | UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 March 2014 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Pod kožom See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$13,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$133,154, 6 April 2014, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$2,605,039, 3 August 2014
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jonathan Glazer did not want to use make-up for the man with neurofibromatosis. Adam Pearson was cast after the production team contacted Changing Faces, a charity supporting people with facial disfigurement. His ideas about how Scarlett Johansson's character could seduce his character were added to 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

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

Connections

Featured in WatchMojo: Top 10 Best Sci-Fi Horror Movies (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Gone Kid
Performed by Deacon Blue
Written by Ricky Ross
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Brilliant, Fresh & Stimulating in every sense...
15 March 2014 | by Lisbeth_SSee all my reviews

Whenever you have a groundbreaking film that redefines Form, you are going to have some that either love it or hate it. Having said that, as I get older I more often find reading the user comments on IMDb fills me with despair for the species. For anybody to dismiss Under The Skin as "boring" they must have no interest in human consciousness, science, technology, philosophy, history or the art of film-making. Finally I understand why most Hollywood productions are so shallow and vacuous - they understand their audience.

"Under The Skin" is unique among films in content and scope. The cinematography is out-of-this-world, breathtaking, and the musical score is sublime. I rarely use the word "masterpiece" to describe a movie. But Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" is art in the highest sense, like Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", or Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night".

The film requires you to watch in a different way than you normally watch films. It requires you to experience strange and beautiful images without feeling guilty that there is no complex plot or detailed characterization. Don't get me wrong, plots and characters are good, but they're not the be-all and end-all of everything. There are different KINDS of film, and to enjoy 'Under The Sin' you must tune your brain to a different wavelength and succumb to the pleasure of beauty, PURE beauty, 'the vast unknown' and an Alien perspective, unfettered by the banal conventions of everyday films.

"Under The Skin" is a absolutely unique movie experience. Those who miss out on it do so at the detriment of their own intellectual and imaginative capacities.


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