Under the Skin out on BFI Player from 14 July

One of the most critically acclaimed films of the year is coming to the BFI Player this Monday.


Under the Skin trailer

Visually stunning and deeply disturbing: very freaky, very scary and very erotic. ★★★★★ – Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

It’s an intoxicating marvel, strange and sublime: it combines sci-fi ideas, gloriously unusual special effects and a sharp atmosphere of horror. ★★★★★ – Dave Calhoun, Time Out

Visually and aurally audacious and as slippery in form as its central character, Jonathan Glazer’s (Sexy Beast, Birth) Under the Skin is an elliptical sci-fi about an alien creature (Scarlett Johansson) who stalks down human prey, in a brilliant amalgam of fantasy and reality.

In a stunning early sequence of metamorphosis, the naked femme fatale dons the attire of her predecessor and goes out on the prowl in a non-descript van, effortlessly procuring lads from the backstreets of Glasgow and local highways and luring them into an unimaginable void.

The cycle mutates when a routine pick-up unexpectedly kindles an empathetic response, infecting her with humanness and illuminating the fate of the one who came before.

Filmed on location in Scotland, where not all the male victims were knowing participants, the filmmaking recalls the realism of Ken Loach as much as the surrealism of David Lynch.

Vividly heightened by Mica Levi’s (of Micachu and the Shapes) discordant string and synth score, Glazer has created an entirely distinctive film, both creepy and luminous in its metaphysical precision.

Under the Skin screened in the Official Competition of the 58th BFI London Film Festival. From 14 July, it will be available to stream on the BFI Player, on desktop, android devices, iPad and iPhone.

Film notes by Clare Stewart

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