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Under The Skin [DVD] [1997]

Samantha Morton , Claire Rushbrook , Carine Adler    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook, Rita Tushingham, Christine Tremarco, Stuart Townsend
  • Directors: Carine Adler
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Jan 2005
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006NKBVE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 10,380 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A film by Carine Adler

In her first major role Samantha Morton plays Iris, a vulnerable young woman whose life is turned upside down; her mother (Rita Tushingham) has been given only weeks to live and she feels increasingly distant from her happily married and heavily pregnant older sister Rose (Claire Rushbrook). Unable to deal with her grief and jealously, Iris ditches her job, her flat and her boyfriend and prowls the streets looking for love in all the wrong places.

Sexy, dark and ultimately uplifting, Carine Adler's stylish debut won the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh Film Festival and the Critic's prize at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Special features

  • Fever (1994,18 mins); a short film by Carine Adler, starring Katrin Cartlidge and Nicholas Gleaves
  • Original trailer (2 mins)

UK | 1997 | colour | English language | 80 minutes | DVD9 | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1

Region 2 DVD


'goes for the jugular' --Empire

'An emotionally charged work with a bold untamed performance from Morton' --Independent

'superlative performances from Morton and Rushbrook' --Time Out

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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, Rude, Rebellious and Deeply Real. 2 Oct 2007
This is essentially the story of a young woman, Iris, who wants more from life than the conventional relationship-marriage-children and mediocre career that her boyfriend and her sister, Rose, have settled for. This comes to the fore when her mother dies and Rose cannot support her emotionally, being grief-stricken herself and heavily pregnant, and Iris discovers that none of her family or friends share her curiosity about life and love so tries to find her own path. However, instead of forming more stimulating relationships, she experiences a string of impersonal sexual encounters, becoming more confused than ever and ends up confusing everyone else. I nearly lost empathy with the protagonist myself when she tries to seduce her sister's husband but being a sensible type, he doesn't go for it. After a particularly degrading sexual experience, Iris realises that she does not have to express her energy and grief physically through the `skin', which is a metaphor for her raw sexuality, and decides to become a singer. Rather than turn out to be naturally brilliant, (which would have been corny and unrealistic), she makes the effort to join a local choir (not the X Factor!) and takes lessons.
I loved the soundtrack, which is racy and powerful, and the scene where she expresses her anger and frustration at losing her mother by forcibly seducing a stranger in a cinema plays while simultaneously we see the mother's coffin going into the incinerator. Another nice touch is the fact that we know the story takes place over a very short time because Rose never actually gives birth, the pregnancy itself enhancing the film's theme of life, death and procreation.
I also loved the fact that this is essentially a `woman's' film but without the usual fluff and sop, and any potential bleakness or sentimentality is annihilated by its subtle humour, particularly in the predictability of the frustrating phone calls!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sam Morton 20 Jun 2010
If you are a fan of Samantha Morton like I am, I'm sure you will enjoy her performance in this film. The storyline is fairly basic but her acting is great. I don't know what she is like as a person but my feeling is that she is a very strong character to say the least and this I feel comes across in her portrayals on screen. I think she would an intriguing person to know and also to have as a friend.
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3.0 out of 5 stars not bad but 5 Jan 2012
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far too long and rather a one trick pony , really works only because samantha Morton is tip top in this role . Its kind of like a Mike Leigh but with out so much meat on its bones . Def must watch the extras here though , fever with the late marvellous Katrin Cartlidge , that is a great short film .
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