Under the Skin

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From visionary director Jonathan Glazer (Sexy Beast, Birth) comes a stunningly original brainteaser of existential science fiction that journeys to the heart of what it means to be human, extraterrestrial – or somewhere in between. A beautiful and mysterious woman of unknown origin (Scarlett Johansson) combs the highways of Scotland, luring a succession of hitchhiking lost souls into her otherworldly lair where they meet a most peculiar fate: a seductive slide into a deep, black vortex of nothingness. Based on the novel by Michael Faber, Under the Skin examines human experience from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with shocking results. With seductive nods to the films of Stanley Kubrick and Nicholas Roeg, Glazer vividly renders the alien experience with arrestingly abstract visuals and an eerie electronic soundtrack, creating an entirely distinctive film that is both disturbing and luminous in its metaphysical implications. (Dir. by Jonathan Glazer, 2014, UK, 108 mins., Rated R, A24) Digital