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Jonathan Glazer’s “Under the Skin” is a sci-fi movie about an alien played by Scarlett Johansson who drives around Europe seducing guys into her car, then taking them to her home, then doing stuff to them. Those stuff may or may not involve sex. But seduction is definitely part of the game. And water. And drowning in water. And weird camera angles and artistic music. You know, like how you would expect an art student to shoot a sci-fi movie when he doesn’t really have a lot of interest in doing a “sci-fi movie” per se. That seems to sum up “Under the Skin.”
Check out yet another trailer for the film, which is finally getting some promotional push after languishing at the festivals all last year. I wouldn’t hold my breath about seeing this thing in a theater near you, though.
Described as a “fascinating psychological thriller” (The Baltimore Sun), this entrancing novel introduces Isserley, a female driver who picks up hitchhikers with big muscles. She, herself, is tiny-like a kid peering up over the steering wheel. Scarred and awkward, yet strangely erotic and threatening, she listens to her hitchhikers as they open up to her, revealing clues about who might miss them if they should disappear. At once humane and horrifying, Under the Skin takes us on a heart-thumping ride through dangerous territory-our own moral instincts and the boundaries of compassion. A grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok, Under the Skin has been internationally received as the arrival of an exciting talent, rich and assured.
Starring Scarlett Johansson, Krystof Hádek, Paul Brannigan, Robert J. Goodwin, Scott Dymond, Jessica Mance, Michael Moreland and Jeremy McWilliams.
Seducing this April.