Under The Skin

Author // DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan
Posted in // Cinema



Under The Skin is a British science-fiction movie directed by Jonathan Glazer in 2013, starring Scarlett Johansson.

It’s an experimental movie based on each person’s individual feelings. Indeed, the story is simple but not very classic. An alien life form comes to earth disguised as a woman (played by Scarlett Johansson) who seduces humans before making them disappear. This movie explores human and social relationships through the cold and distant eyes of an alien and describes the adventure of this creature who gradually discovers human senses, emotions and feelings such as fear, love, desire…

The impressive artistic direction of Jonathan Glazer allows this movie to be captivating through this sublime but abstract visual world. The incredible rarity of dialogues, the pervasiveness of silences, cut by the exceptional, insidious and hypnotic music of Mica Levi (one might almost believe inspired by the music Lux Aeterna of 2001 : A Space Odyssey) give to this movie a very discordant texture plunging the viewer into a hypnotic trance.

It thus consists of a deep reflexion on relations between men. This mysterious character discovers the world around her and her new body, gradually replacing its insensitivity by exploring sensations, first sexual then suffering. In short, it humanizes. After Her (Spike Jonze, 2013), Scarlett Johansson interprets the path from artificial perfection towards humanization.

This film has its clichés ! Indeed, the scenario is worthy of a science-fiction movie but, this entire portion is totally secondary. There’s neither moral judgment nor good or bad characters, just humans experiencing emotions. Finally, this movie shows us dreamlike views of Glasgow where the human masses fascinate the main character and the audience, demonstrating a social analysis of the everyday lives of humans.

This is a sensory movie with two different aesthetics: part documentary where the main character confronts mankind and a polished highly aesthetic part, the alien’s universe.

In brief, this is a must-see movie which differs from classic Hollywood movies, a special and unique cinematographic experience !

Tristan Peschoux

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DEDENYS Caplice Siobhan

English Teacher in Rubika. Started the blog with students hope they keep it alive !

Comments (2)

  • shiv
    11 mars 2015 at 9 h 33 min |

    You’re an excellent film critic Tristan, I’ll definitely try to see it very soon !

  • Arkhan
    17 mars 2015 at 10 h 23 min |

    You’ve picked my interest here, I’ll watch it soon !

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