Before We Saw the Trailer, We Thought: It’s been a decade since iconic music video helmer Jonathan Glazer’s
entrancing sophomore feature “Birth,” starring Nicole Kidman in one of
her most mesmerizing turns, so anticipation is high on his long delayed
followup “Under the Skin” to deliver. Initially rumored to open last
year, the film was expected to debut at Cannes in May, but has opted to
go down the Venice route, soon followed by a Toronto premiere. It previewed in Telluride over the weekend to divisive reactions.
And Now? In his Telluride review of the film, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn said the film shares much in common with the cult favorite “The Man Who Fell to Earth.” Judging by the oddball trailer he’s right on the money.
Based on Michael Faber’s acclaimed sci-fi novel, the film’s premise is
to good to pass up: supposedly existential in tone, the tale
centers on an alien (intriguingly played by Scarlett Johansson, who will
also be in Toronto with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut “Don
Jon”) sent to earth on a mysterious mission to capture men.
The teaser doesn’t try to sell you on its far-out premise, instead favoring creepy atmospherics over a plot rundown. We’re not quite sure what to make of it all (what’s with the Elephant Man lookalike?), but it sure looks intriguing.
Watch below and let us know your thoughts. The film is still without distribution.