Under the Skin
2013, Jonathan Glazer, UK/USA, 108 min. With Scarlett Johansson.
- Fri, Jan 27th 7:45pm
- Tue, Jan 31st 6:00pm
"Minds will be blown to the four winds...the trippiest film in any genre in a long while." — Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
Glazer's first film since BIRTH (2004) is an unnervingly original mix of visionary sci-fi, erotic tension, and observational realism. Johansson is uncannily cast as an alien who alights in Glasgow, borrows an ectoderm from a fresh corpse, and prowls city streets and country roads in a Ford van, trawling for solitary men whom she lures to a black pool of oblivion. The pick-up scenes were mostly improvised with real passersby filmed by hidden cameras. This evocatively ambiguous film ingeniously inverts the gender dynamics of the stalker film, playing on male anxieties of vulnerability, but, as the alien visitor discovers, becoming too curious about her human prey can activate her own vulnerability. DCP digital. (MR)
JANUARY 31: Lecture by award-winning filmmaker and installation artist Melika Bass, Assistant Professor in the Department of Film, Video, New Media and Animation at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.