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Under the Skin

+ Q&A with director Carine Adler

Samantha Morton gives a stunning performance as a young woman dealing with grief through sex.

Image from Under the Skin + Q&A with director Carine Adler

UK 1997
Dir Carine Adler
With Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook, Rita Tushingham
83min
35mm
Certificate 18

Carine Adler’s only feature-length film, Under the Skin follows two sisters who deal with the death of their mother in very different ways. While the eldest, Rose (Rushbrook), moves on fairly quickly and finds comfort in her stable, married life, Iris (Morton) spirals out of control. Feeling suffocated by her boyfriend, she goes on a rampage of anonymous one-night stands. In Iris, we see a true rarity of the screen: a hot mess of a woman. Iris is dealing with grief, desire, sex and boundaries, and the emotional process of that is portrayed with frankness and nuance by Samantha Morton in one of her most stunning performances.

Also available on BFI Player

Supported by:
Mohamed S. Farsi Foundation (MSFF)



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