Discover humanity through an alien lens, as Jonathan Glazer’s mind-blowing 2013 sci-fi masterpiece Under the Skin returns to The Frida Cinema for a two-night engagement.
An extraterrestrial (portrayed with alternating sensual menace and childlike curiosity by a mesmerizing Scarlett Johansson) is sent to Earth for a mission; though the mission is not completely revealed, it is apparent that her prime directive is to hunt and lure single men. As they are seduced by her beauty, the unsuspecting men enter the void where they are drained of everything that is under the skin. As she targets the loneliest souls of Glasgow, she evades discovery through the help of a mysterious motorcycle-riding handler. However, after meeting a particularly lonely man, she begins to question her encroaching humanity.
Loosely based on a novel by Michel Faber, Under the Skin is a cerebral—and at times disturbing—examination of humanity, sex, and identity. Beginning with a birth scene hearkening Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, director Jonathan Glazer built this atmospheric mood piece through the use of both scripted and improvised scenes—some of the men used as Johansson’s prey were actually unaware they were being filmed, producing authentic interactions amid the film’s surreal imagery, nightmarish visuals, and haunting score by Mica Levi.
Directed by Jonathan Glazer | 108 minutes | 2013 | Rated R
Friday, March 22 – 10pm Saturday, March 23 – 10pm
“A direct descendant of Nicolas Roeg’s classic ‘The Man Who Fell to Earth,’ ‘Under the Skin’ is the kind of movie people will be talking about, and dissecting and puzzling over for years.” – Tom Long, Detroit News
“The movie’s a cinematic Rubik’s Cube that snaps together surprisingly easily, yet whose larger meanings remain tantalizingly out of reach.” – Ty Burr, Boston Globe
“The movie’s eerie, climactic image challenges our conventional notions of human identity and leaves us reflecting on the possibility that every being in the universe is an alien in disguise.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times