Wild Winter Nights: Under the Skin
A rather economical adaptation of Michael Faber’s scifi novel, Jonathan Glazer's (Sexy Beast, Birth) Under the Skin is like nothing you've ever seen before. Set in the dingy urban outskirts and highlands of Glasgow – and also, seemingly, outer space – Scarlett Johansson plays a nameless alien figure attempting to assimilate into human culture to fulfil her unspecified mission. She cobbles together an identity for herself and with a black mop of hair, permaglossed lips and a smooth London accent, she cruises through town in a beat-up van, trying to work out which men will be missed the least. When she manages to find a hapless enough chap, eager to follow her anywhere, she quietly takes them 'home' to a dazzlingly black and eerily clinical space. An interaction with a lonely, disfigured man gives her pause, which opens her up to the danger she's until now been in charge of.
Why You Should See This Film
Under the Skin does just that, gets right on in there with its haunting (and sometimes screeching) score by Mica Levi, Daniel Landin's bleakly beautiful cinematography (that beach scene!), the fact that the men were filmed mostly unaware (!) and Scarlett Johansson's compelling portrayal of a character we can't possibly get to know. It's a beautiful, complex sphinx of a film.
Wild Winter Nights: A Gin & Film Festival
To celebrate the launch of 2021 Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin, join us this winter for Wild Winter Nights: A Gin & Film Festival. Paying homage to the darker side of the season, we’re hosting a wild program of revelatory cult favourites across the themes of Love Hurts (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Lobster), Wild Things (Under the Skin, Climax), Mad World (Donnie Darko, Get Out) and Occult Classics (The Wicker Man, Midsommar).
Every week there’ll be a wintery Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz Gin cocktail to match, available at the Golden Age Bar.
- Year: 2014
- Rating: MA15+
- Director: Jonathan Glazer
- Cast: Scarlett Johansson
- Duration: 108 minutes
- Language: English