the Skin (3/10)
a movie that is as incomprehensible as the classic, Last Year at
Marienbad (1961) about a couple who may or may not have met last
year at, well, you get the point. And if you do, itís more than most
people did when they exited the movie. Over 50 years later I still donít
have a clue.
thatís the main problem with this movie. Whatís the point? Based on the
novel by Michel Faber, Scarlett Johansson bares all as a predatory
female who seduces lonely men after which they disappear. Whatís going
on here? Unfortunately the viewer never really gets the picture because
this film doesnít explain itself. It just ends. I didnít get the point
until I read the production notes. But because the point of whatís going
on would be a horrible spoiler, I wonít tell what it is.
is very little dialogue. Most of the film consists of Johansson
wandering around with a dazed look on her face looking for men to pick
up and take to her lair where a bad fate awaits them.
the interest (of men, anyway) centers around if and when Johansson will
take off her clothes. Although the film starts with her stark naked, the
scenes are dark and not that revealing. She eventually does strip but
not until near the end of the film, when she stands in front of a mirror
Directed by Jonathan Glazer, who also wrote the script with Walter
Campbell, the pace is extraordinarily slow, but interest doesnít wane
that much because youíre trying to figure out whatís going on. Itís too
bad Glazer never explains because a viewer wonít have the advantage of
reading production notes and will be left wondering what that was all
the rating, while Johansson appears naked, so do several men in a state
of sexual excitement, which normally calls for an NC-17 rating.