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      Under the Skin

      1997 1 hr. 21 min. Drama List
      88% 25 Reviews Tomatometer 63% 500+ Ratings Audience Score A young woman (Samantha Morton) embarks upon a sexual odyssey in reaction to her mother's (Rita Tushingham) sudden death from a brain tumor. Read More Read Less
      Under the Skin

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      Under the Skin brilliantly captures a young woman's emotional collapse -- and marks its star and director as fresh talents worth keeping an eye on.

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      Audience Member I understand what they were trying to say in this movie about the effects of grief and a desperate search for attention involving a vulnerable young girl but it didn't really hit the mark for me. Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook and Rita Tushingham star as a family where communication and trust have broken down and they capture the fragility of their characters superbly. For me, the main issue was the fact that the once the self-destructive direction of Morton's character had been established, the plot kind of ground to a halt like it had nowhere to go and nothing more to say. The ending, which is ultimately hopeful, needed further exploration to round off the story and felt kind of tacked on just to stop the whole film from being crushingly depressing. I wanted to know just a bit more to give me the kind of sense of redemption that I think the characters deserved. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member There wasn't really a story, it was pretty much just seduction and death. Very minimalist as far as cinematography goes. Other art films such as enter the void are very confusing as you try to decipher through the action, and this movie is the opposite. As you watch you can come up with your own theories about it what means and what the symbolization means as well. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Audience Member an occasionally bizarre, occasionally brilliant examination of grief and loss. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/29/23 Full Review Audience Member Bleak at times, but honest, in an artistic yet honest character observation after the death of her mother. High notes - Dr - Billy Burke, Carine Adler Ac - Samantha Morton Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Sorg, smärta, sex, skuld och sånt. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/03/23 Full Review Audience Member This film was shown last night on UK TV. Unfortunately I missed the first 20 minutes or so but the rest was so good I feel it is still worth commenting on. The film centres around the different reactions of two sisters to their mother's death - don't however get the impression that this is a film to be endured rather than enjoyed. Although the subject matter is serious and the film very emotionally moving, there are flashes of humour throughout and it is not boringly earnest for one moment. I read somewhere that the director is an admirer of Mike Leigh's "Naked". While it is no poor relation, if you appreciate the work of Mike Leigh you would probably also enjoy "Under the Skin". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly Rated: A Sep 7, 2011 Full Review Globe and Mail Rated: 3/4 Apr 25, 2003 Full Review Kevin Thomas Los Angeles Times In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton. Feb 14, 2001 Full Review Nick Levine NME (New Musical Express) Written and directed by Carine Adler, this rather underrated British film offers a searing examination of grief. May 10, 2021 Full Review PJ Nabarro Patrick Nabarro Under the Skin's experiential aesthetic and narrative centred around a bereavement bears uncanny resemblance to that other Samantha Morton-starring film, Morvern Callar. Rated: 3/5 Apr 29, 2020 Full Review Cole Smithey Rated: 0/5 Mar 20, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis A young woman (Samantha Morton) embarks upon a sexual odyssey in reaction to her mother's (Rita Tushingham) sudden death from a brain tumor.
      Carine Adler
      Executive Producer
      Ben Gibson
      Carine Adler
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