Under the Skin

Overview

Samantha Morton, who soon after this film gained attention for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, makes an impressive feature debut in first time writer-director Carine Adler's bittersweet saga about a troubled woman's uneven progress toward self-realization. Morton plays Iris, a woman who feels ignored by her boyfriend Gary Matthew Delamere, her self-possessed pregnant sister Rose Claire Rushbrook, and even her beloved mother Rita Tushingham. After their mother dies suddenly of a brain tumor, Iris ...
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Overview

Samantha Morton, who soon after this film gained attention for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, makes an impressive feature debut in first time writer-director Carine Adler's bittersweet saga about a troubled woman's uneven progress toward self-realization. Morton plays Iris, a woman who feels ignored by her boyfriend Gary Matthew Delamere, her self-possessed pregnant sister Rose Claire Rushbrook, and even her beloved mother Rita Tushingham. After their mother dies suddenly of a brain tumor, Iris falls apart. Tired of a supervisor's hostility, she suddenly quits her job as a clothing saleswoman and has a sexual encounter with Tom Stuart Townsend, a man she meets in a movie theater. Iris leaves Gary, starts wearing her mother's wig, and dresses like a slut. She gets drunk and desperately picks up men in bars, and she ends up being abused by Max Daniel O'Meara. Iris mooches money from her sister and they fight over a ring that Rose claims their mother gave her. She finds out that her best friend Vron Christine Tremarco has taken up with Gary and tries to seduce Rose's husband Frank Mark Womack. ~ Michael Betzold
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Todd Kristel
Featuring vertiginous handheld camera work with lurid colors and unsettling imagery, Under the Skin is a visceral film that is not particularly enjoyable to watch. Much of the movie is devoted to the emotional turmoil and suffering of Iris (Samantha Morton), who copes with grief over her mother's death and an erosion of her own sense of self by engaging in degrading sexual liaisons. The film seems to equate her sexual promiscuity with lack of self-respect and includes several sex scenes that are more depressing than erotic; one of her lovers urinates on her and we even see footage of her sexual activity juxtaposed with her mother's cremation. There isn't much fun in the voyeurism of watching this type of sordid sex, and the overly schematic plot seems, at times, like an endless parade of humiliation and abuse. However, the actors are so good that they provide a sense of coherence to the film. Samantha Morton gives a complex, emotionally naked performance as Iris that conveys her sweetness, vulnerability, and deep sense of longing as well as her compulsiveness, self-loathing, and occasional cruelty. Whether she's having phone sex or singing "Alone Again (Naturally)" at a nightclub, Morton manages to communicate a wealth of insight into Iris without ever stepping out of character or trying too hard to make her seem sympathetic. Claire Rushbrook is also excellent in a less ostentatious role; she conveys the complicated mixture of feelings that motivate Rose's behavior, including a need to feel in control as well as genuine love for her sister. Rita Tushingham is also good in a supporting role as their mother, and while some of the male roles aren't fleshed out, the actresses make the film worth watching.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2001
  • UPC: 780273072088
  • Original Release: 1997
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  • Source: ARROW ENTERTAINMENT
  • Format: VHS

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Samantha Morton Iris
Claire Rushbrook Rose
Rita Tushingham Their mother
Mark Womack Frank
Matthew Delamere Gary
Christine Tremarco Vron
Stuart Townsend Tom
Clare Francis
Joe Tucker
Daniel O'Meara
Daniel O'Meara
Lisa Millet
Jack Marsden
Technical Credits
Carine Adler Director, Screenwriter
Barry Ackroyd Cinematographer
Gary Desmond Sound/Sound Designer
Ben Gibson Executive Producer
Paul Hamblin Sound/Sound Designer
John Paul Kelly Production Designer
Ewa Lind Editor
Gus Maclean Asst. Director
Niall Mulroney Art Director
Kate Ogborn Producer
Ilona Sekacz Score Composer
Frances Tempest Costumes/Costume Designer
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