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Alternative Reality

Bones and All (2022)

Duration2h 11m
RatingsUK: 18, USA: R, Denmark: 15
Source of storyA novel of the same name by Camille DeAngelis
DirectorLuca Guadagnino
Writers/ScriptDavid Kajganich
StarringTaylor Russell, Mark Rylance, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Chloë Sevigny
RatingsIMDb: 7.1/10 by 16,485 people.  Rotten Tomatoes: 83% by 253 reviewers. Review2view: 6.8/10.

Summary: After nearly biting off the finger of a friend, a young woman, Maren is left alone by her father, and finds due to a recording he has left her, that she is an ‘eater”, someone who craves the flesh of other humans. She takes off in an attempt to find her mother, meeting a middle-aged eccentric man, Sully, also an eater, who says he can smell her. They feed on a recently dead woman. Marin meet a young fellow eater, Lee, in Indiana and after he kills a belligerent man they get together and travel on in the dead man’s truck. After Maren has located her mother, also an eater, in a mental hospital she and Lee separate and Maren finds she is being stalked by Sully. Missing Lee she finds him and they attempt to live a conventional life together, but is it possible?

Content: Some almost nudity and a bit of male sex, Lee and a carnie worker, before he cuts the man’s throat. Several scenes of people “feeding” on the flesh of dead people. Lee and Maren travel the back roads of much of Middle America in a truck they have taken from the first person we have seen Lee kill. Several scenes between Sully and Maren as she finds he has tracked her across the states. One event where Marin and Lee are camping and meet two other eaters, Jake and Brad. Brad is not an eater, but is a follower. Jake speaks about the thrill of a “Bones and All” experience.

A View: This is an odd film, which so far has not made any money although it has been much liked by the critics. It is gory in places to the point that some people might be put off. I found myself asking quite a few questions. Importantly, how was Sully able to track Maren, even when the police (what police) were unable to, how come the eater’s teeth were sharper than those of the rest of us, how did eaters smell each other and most importantly how could Lee manage to do anything wearing jeans which were split from thigh to ankle. Said to be a love story, but I don’t know whether I go along with that. Maybe a watch if you can stand the discomfort.

Mark Rylance has starred in a few films reviewed on this site, including my very first review. Bridge of Spies. More recently he has starred in Dunkirk and The Outfit.

Mark Rylance has starred in a few films reviewed on this site, including my very first review. Bridge of Spies. More recently he has starred in Dunkirk and The Outfit.

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