Jonathan Glazer's " Under the Skin " is one of the most haunting, bizarre and disorienting films likely to arrive in theaters this year. It also features a very familiar face in disguise. Scarlett Johansson is a highly recognizable actress in normal circumstances, but take her to Scotland and put her in a short black '70s-esque wig, and you've got a completely different woman. In her best performance yet, Johansson transforms as Laura, an alien seductress who hunts single, wandering men. Since "Under the Skin" was shot mostly guerilla-style with non-actors sometimes unknowingly taking part in the film, Johansson had to improvise her conversations with random Scottish passersby while trying to not give away her real identity as a Hollywood star. Yet beyond the film's fascinating production and Johansson's impressive performance, "Under the Skin" also marks the actress' first fully nude role.
Scarlett Johansson Naked [Under The Skin Undressed]
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D arkness, underscored by violins imitating a busy beehive. A flash of circular light that clarifies into a blinking eye. One female figure stripping another of her clothes and putting them on. Who wants to see Under the Skin? Again, she seems too perfect to be human. The difference: this time, Her is an It — a serial killer.
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Jonathan Glazer's third film, the sci-fi thriller Under the Skin , is unique. Mostly in that it's a challenging experience for audiences — from its lack of decipherable dialogue to complete disregard for answering the societal questions it poses. The former music video director devoted nine years to adapting Michael Faber's novel by the name name into the film that was released in early April. And clearly, hard work pays off — as Under the Skin , which stars Scarlett Johansson , had an impressive opening weekend in limited release.
In fairness, I would have enjoyed the film a whole lot better if I knew this before watching. Glazer is what you would call a cult director. He has a smallish, dedicated following.