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Under the Skin (2013)

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A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 24 wins & 101 nominations. See more awards »

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The Bad Man
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The Dead Woman
Dougie McConnell ...
Pick-Up Man
Kevin McAlinden ...
First Victim
D. Meade ...
Leering Man
Andrew Gorman ...
Second Victim
Joe Szula ...
Man at Club
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The Swimmer (as Krystof Hadek)
Roy Armstrong ...
Father at Beach
Alison Chand ...
Mother at Beach
Ben Mills ...
The Baby
Oscar Mills ...
The Baby
Lee Fanning ...
Motorcyclist #1
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Storyline

An alien entity inhabits the earthly form of a young woman who combs the roads and streets of Scotland in search of the human prey she came to plunder. She seduces her isolated and forsaken male victims into an otherworldly dimension where they are stripped and consumed. However, existence in all its complexity begin to change the alien visitor. She begins to discover herself as human with tragic and terrifying consequences. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for graphic nudity, sexual content, some violence and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 2014 (UK)  »

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Pod kožom  »

Box Office

Budget:

$13,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$133,154 (USA) (6 April 2014)

Gross:

$2,605,039 (USA) (3 August 2014)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the locations where this film was shot was in the Robert Street area of Port Glasgow (where the second victim is lured). Filming had to be delayed for a number of days as there was a real-life murder in the next street prior to filming and the police had cordoned the area off. See more »

Goofs

When Laura first gets in the van at the flats, she doesn't shift gears at any point. Her left hand is seen on the wheel even though the engine can be heard changing. As she turn in front of the stadium, you can see it's a manual transmission transit van. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Female Voice: [with a mechanical buzz over shadowy morphing orbs] T- D, S- Z- Th, B- T- V, H- T- D- K- G, S- Z- P- B, Ba-Ba- T- T, K- Kuh- Ch, Th- V- Th, Zzz- Sss- Bzz- Ch, B-B-Buh- V-V-Vuh, G-G-Guh D-D-Duh.
Female Voice: [now over a shiney white torus, slowly morphing] B-B-Buh- B-B-Buh, B-B-Beh, B-B-Beh, Bah, N-N-Nuh- N-N-Nuh, N-N-Nuh- No. N-N-Nuh, F- Feel- Field, Fill- Filled- Filts, Foil- Failed- Fell, Felds- Pill- Pills, Pall- Nall.
Female Voice: [now over a watery chestnut-brown eye] Foal- Foals, Fold- Fold, Pool- Pool, ...
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Crazy Credits

In the end credits, Barnaby Smyth is listed twice as Foley Editor. See more »

Connections

Featured in At the Movies: Venice Film Festival 2013 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Real Gone Kid
Performed by Deacon Blue
Written by Ricky Ross
Published by Sony/ATV Music Publishing (UK) Ltd.
Licensed courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Limited
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Brilliant, Fresh & Stimulating in every sense...
15 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Whenever you have a groundbreaking film that redefines Form, you are going to have some that either love it or hate it. Having said that, as I get older I more often find reading the user comments on IMDb fills me with despair for the species. For anybody to dismiss Under The Skin as "boring" they must have no interest in human consciousness, science, technology, philosophy, history or the art of film-making. Finally I understand why most Hollywood productions are so shallow and vacuous - they understand their audience.

"Under The Skin" is unique among films in content and scope. The cinematography is out-of-this-world, breathtaking, and the musical score is sublime. I rarely use the word "masterpiece" to describe a movie. But Jonathan Glazer's "Under The Skin" is art in the highest sense, like Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa", or Vincent Van Gogh's "The Starry Night".

The film requires you to watch in a different way than you normally watch films. It requires you to experience strange and beautiful images without feeling guilty that there is no complex plot or detailed characterization. Don't get me wrong, plots and characters are good, but they're not the be-all and end-all of everything. There are different KINDS of film, and to enjoy 'Under The Sin' you must tune your brain to a different wavelength and succumb to the pleasure of beauty, PURE beauty, 'the vast unknown' and an Alien perspective, unfettered by the banal conventions of everyday films.

"Under The Skin" is a absolutely unique movie experience. Those who miss out on it do so at the detriment of their own intellectual and imaginative capacities.


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