Under The Skin (1997)


(out of 5)

 and  are as opposite as sisters can be in this drama about family grief. When their mother dies and leaves them virtually alone, the two women react in their own ways to the emptiness that they find themselves with; Rushbrook taking refuge in her middle-class life and impending pregnancy, Morton in very self-destructive behaviour and some dangerous short-term affairs with shady characters. The acting is riveting in this grimy British film, and its dramatic quality is admirable, but it often feels like director Carine Adler is making an effort to make the film purposely unpleasant instead of challenging.

United Kingdom, 1997

Directed by

Screenplay by Carine Adler

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Film Festivals:  TIFF 1997

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Boston Film Critics Awards
Best Actress (Samantha Morton)
Best New Filmmaker