Under the Skin (1997)

Under the Skin



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Samantha Morton, who soon after this film gained attention for her role in Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown, makes an impressive feature debut in first time writer-director Carine Adler's bittersweet saga about a troubled woman's uneven progress toward self-realization. Morton plays Iris, a woman who feels ignored by her boyfriend Gary (Matthew Delamere), her self-possessed pregnant sister Rose (Claire Rushbrook), and even her beloved mother (Rita Tushingham). After their mother dies suddenly of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International
Directed By: ,
Written By: Carine Adler
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 12, 2002
Channel 4



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Critic Reviews for Under the Skin

All Critics (30) | Top Critics (12)

In her feature debut, Adler shapes her film gracefully and elicits a scorching no-holds-barred, totally selfless portrayal from Morton.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

While Ms. Morton embodies the role with furious intensity and with a raw yet waifish presence that brings both Emily Watson and Claire Danes to mind, Ms. Adler directs the film in ways that live up to its title.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
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It is buoyed by an unflinching performance from newcomer Samantha Morton, a young British actress who is willing to expose not only her body but her inner being as well.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Although Iris has no idea who she is, Morton is utterly certain, and inhabits her temporarily defeated soul with an ease that knocks you out.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Morton's Iris keeps going in circles... It's a spooky, movie-dominating performance.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Made with a novelist's eye for detail and a quietly impassioned visual flair.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
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Audience Reviews for Under the Skin

This film was shown last night on UK TV. Unfortunately I missed the first 20 minutes or so but the rest was so good I feel it is still worth commenting on. The film centres around the different reactions of two sisters to their mother's death - don't however get the impression that this is a film to be endured rather than enjoyed. Although the subject matter is serious and the film very emotionally moving, there are flashes of humour throughout and it is not boringly earnest for one moment. I read somewhere that the director is an admirer of Mike Leigh's "Naked". While it is no poor relation, if you appreciate the work of Mike Leigh you would probably also enjoy "Under the Skin".

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer


Farily interesting, a girl who gets less attention from mother who's life is spiraling out of control.

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