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Under the Skin

Director/Writer:Carine Adler
Director of Photography:Barry Ackroyd
Editor:Ewa J. Lind
Music:Ilona Sekacz
Production Designer:John Paul Kelly
Producer:Kate Ogborn
Arrow Entertainment; R; 81 minutes
Release:6/98
Cast:Samantha Morton, Claire Rushbrook, Rita Tushingham, Christine Tremarco, Stuart Townsend and Matthew Delamere

When Iris (Morton), a high-strung, single, young English woman loses her beloved mother (Tushington), she doesn't exactly handle the loss with classic British reserve. First she dresses up as mum, then she goes out and has sex – and lots of it. British writer/director Adler's exploration of sex and death is both erotic and tender. The real dramatic hook here though, turns out to be the relationship between Iris and her matronly sister, Rose (Rushbrook), and whether their bond is enough to heal Iris.


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