The Female

Under the Skin gets under your skin. It’s one of the earliest films to put independant studio A24 on the map. Since it stars A-list actress Scarlett Johansson. In what is perhaps the most revealing role of her career. Before I watched it, all I knew was that it had something to do with an alien female that seduces men. Sort of like Species. Only I didn’t understand why it had so much critical acclaim. Since clips and images I saw made it look pretty light on plot. After I watched it, I’m still confused. Under the Skin follows Scarlett Johansson’s nameless alien character who drives a van throughout Scotland. Searching for men to lure into her ship (I think?). Nothing is ever explained. Under the Skin is very artsy and therefore light on dialogue. What little dialogue it does have is unintelligible due to the thick accents and use of a hidden camera. Its visual style is distinctively black and white. With what appears to be an all white space ship. And the men are all lured into unexplained all black rooms. A lot of its attention is probably due to Scarlett Johansson going full frontal for the first time. Appearing naked several times throughout. A rare thing for an A-lister to do. As far as its message is concerned, I’m still trying to figure it out. Under the Skin is a confusing work of art.

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The female searches for men

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2 thoughts on “The Female

  1. I really liked this film. It’s been a while since I’ve seen it, but if I remember correctly, one of its overarching themes is sexism and metaphorically it ties in with that theme as well in plenty of ways. I’d recommend checking out ralphthemoviemaker’s video on the film, he gives some good insight.

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