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Film Review: Under the Skin (2013)

Under the Skin (2013). Based on the novel by Michel Faber and directed by Jonathan Glazer. The film starts with a man riding his motorbike. He pulls up near a van, then disappears down an embankment. A minute or so later he returns with the body of a woman over his shoulder. He takes the body into the van where the clothes are removed by a naked woman (Scarlett Johansson). I was really looking forward to watching Under the Skin. It's not often that a science fiction film set in Scotland and directed by Jonathan Glazer comes along. The story is interesting, but a tough watch at times for various reasons. A lot of the film is spent with Johansson's character driving around Scotland. This has somewhat of a Tarkovsky feel to it, as we observe both the landscapes and humanity, often in repose. Scarlett Johansson pulls out all the stops for the role, and does a remarkable job. Aside from appearing in various states of undress, and looking surprisingly normal, she's also quite hypnotising as the bizarre and disturbing alien character. A suitably eerie soundtrack is provided by Mica Levi. Recommended for science fictions fans who don't mind a slow pace and an odd story. 4/5 (Good)
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