Rent Bones and All (2022)

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2h 11min
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Synopsis:
"Bones and All" is a story of first love between Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), an intense and disenfranchised drifter. It's a liberating road odyssey of two young people coming into their own, searching for identity and chasing beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide who they are.
Actors:
, , , Kendle Coffey, , Ellie Parker, , , , , , , , Marshall Jackson, , , Burgess Byrd, , ,
Directors:
Producers:
Luca Guadagnino, David Kajganich, Francesco Melzi d'Eril, Lorenzo Mieli, Marco Morabito, Gabriele Moratti, Theresa Park, Peter Spears, Timothée Chalamet
Writers:
David Kajganich, Camille DeAngelis
Studio:
Warner
Genres:
Drama, Horror, Romance
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2023
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French Parisian, Latin American Spanish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • A Look Inside
  • Luca Guadagnino: The Vision of 'Bones and All'
  • Meet Lee
  • Meet Maren
  • Outsiders in Love
BBFC:
Release Date:
06/02/2023
Run Time:
131 minutes
Languages:
English Audio Description Dolby Digital 5.1, English Dolby Atmos, French Parisian Dolby Digital 5.1, Latin American Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles:
Dutch, English Hard of Hearing, French Parisian, Latin American Spanish
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
BLU-RAY Regions:
B
Bonus:
  • A Look Inside
  • Luca Guadagnino: The Vision of 'Bones and All'
  • Meet Lee
  • Meet Maren
  • Outsiders in Love

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Reviews (4) of Bones and All

Disappointing Film which is more YA teen romance vampire-type trope than anything else - Bones and All review by PV

Spoiler Alert
05/03/2023

OK so, this is from a 2016 novel - which has some pretty atrocious reviews on Amazon. Most seem to call the story a mess and a children's story, and I can confirm that the film is not really one for grown-ups,. despite the grand guignol gore. I think the race of the book's main character was also changed for the movie which, if true, is awful.

It starts OK - I liked the mystery and the inciting incident. After that, it's downhill all the way. Just gets silly, boring, pointless and sags as badly as any disembowelling. It is all basically a slushy teen romance with added cannibal! Childish, adolescent nonsense. And Mark Rylance seems miscast too.

Watch Shaun of the Dead for cannibalism laughs; watch Mr Jones, 2019 film, for REAL cannibalism in 1930s famine in Ukraine; watch TV drama Des for mundane prosaic suburban cannibal horror. Modern movies like Green Inferno or Ravenous are better. or 1980's found footage Cannibal Holocaust.

One for the teen girls who like vampire movies. The Twilight Saga etc.

2 stars. Just. 1 is for the decent music though I could not work out when it was set - mid 80s?

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A deeply weird, idiosyncratic and strange film, but also one which I could not stop watching - Bones and All review by TB

Spoiler Alert
16/03/2023

After Call Me By Your Name, the re-pairing of Luca Guadagnino, Timothée Chalamet and Michael Stuhlbarg in a film was always going to generate a lot of interest. And even though there is a significantly larger budget this time around, strangely enough in many ways it feels much smaller and more intimate, which is absolutely to it’s credit.

The main thrust of the story is about cannibals (eaters) and how they navigate through the world. In a funny way, it’s like a less action-oriented, road-movie Blade. But even though it has this provocative story, in many ways the narrative is actually not that important. Far more time is given to building the characters and the world that they live in. To me, this is emphatically a good thing. A film like this could so easily have become a turgid, lumpy mess with the wrong storyline, but the lightness of touch is welcome.

Obviously, being a Luca Guadagnino film, it looks and sounds incredible. As with CMBYN, the whole film is shot on 35mm film, with a soft focus and muted colour palette. Arseni Khachaturan’s work is masterful, perfectly creating the Mise-en-scène as well as the beautiful sweeping landscapes and vistas of the different US states. The soundtrack most strongly reminded me of Stanley Myers’s Cavatina from The Deer Hunter, which is the highest praise I can give: simple but powerful guitar pieces which perfectly go with the images.

Alongside the actors mentioned at the beginning, there is some great supporting actors. As is a running theme with some of my other reviews, this is another film where a supporting actor steals every scene they are in and in this instance it is Mark Rylance as Sully. He makes your skin crawl, but has a childlike innocence which makes his actions even more warped. His chemistry with the lead actors is also excellent.

For some viewers, this film will be too weird, too idiosyncratic or too slow. But for me, it was a really interesting and trippy ride. Really enjoyable and beautiful on the eye.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Intriguing Horror - Bones and All review by GI

Spoiler Alert
12/10/2023

A macabre horror cum road cum coming of age romance film, certainly interesting and oozing some originality. Here is a cannibal narrative set in 80s America (ideal to ensure the story has some plausibility considering the subject matter) where teenager Maren (Taylor Russell) lives on the edges of society and abandoned by her father sets out on the road to find the mother she has never met. Maren has a secret, a craving for human flesh which has forced her to be always on the move. Unable to understand why she has this is the driver for her journey of discovery. On the road she'll find love with drifter Lee (Timothée Chalamet) and fear from Sully (Mark Rylance) who she discovers are both 'eaters'. The strange normality in which Maren and Lee's relationship blossoms even when he casually murders for their food is what makes this film intriguing and the themes of 'feeling different' at certain ages and finding the transition to adulthood to be both painful, frightening and yet exciting are what drives the characters. Rylance is particularly good as the lonely Sully who literally craves some human contact yet makes him into a menacing stalker. An extravagant and quite outrageous film that won't be for everyone and to be honest I'd rather not watch it again as the odd scene did make me turn away!

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Critic review

Bones and All review by Mark McPherson - Cinema Paradiso

Merely looking at the premise, Bones and All sounds like either an absurd genre mixture or a concoction that shouldn’t work. And yet it does. In a lesser film, the romance might’ve been more tenderized and the violence softened. Director Luca Guadagnino is able to weave both so well, given his penchant for tragic romance in Call Me By Your Name and savage horror in Suspiria. He makes these elements work so well together.

The story centers around the teenage cannibal Maren (Taylor Russell). She’s had a taste for flesh since childhood, having her past shielded by her concerned father. All it takes is one mishap, one bite of flesh to find Maren and her dad fleeing to another location. When Maren reaches the age of 18, her father abandons her but gives her clues about the past. He directs her toward Minnesota to finally learn the truth about her mother that left her long ago. Thus begins a somber road trip.

The trip itself turns out to be a revelation. To Maren’s shock, she discovers she’s not the only one with this problem where she dines on the human body. Mark Rylance plays Sully, an elder cannibal who has been around long enough to know everything there is about the life of a nomadic killer struggling to survive. He tempts her with the dark side of accepting herself and that some people just need to die if they want to live to see another day. He’s not exactly the most enticing person to have as a partner.

A better partner is found in the younger cannibal Lee (Timothée Chalamet). They connect amid the midwest and find a genuine connection. Quiet and thoughtful, their bond soon forms from a convenient partnership to a romantic relationship. Their romance is unique because it is based on finding comfort in themselves. They don’t have to put on masks when they’re around each other. They can speak openly about craving some flesh in between make-out sessions, where the phrase “I’m hungry” takes on a different meaning.

Morality and mortality become further on Maren’s mind the further she comes to unearthing the truth. Without spoiling her destination in Minnesota, there is no comfort present as she seeks closure. With no love waiting for her elsewhere, deeper thoughts come about, questioning how she will live with herself and Lee. Will they keep eating people as they dash across the country? There’s a greater contemplation on finding happiness amid satisfying cravings, however horrific they may be.

In case it needs to be said, as if Guadagnino’s previous films weren’t a warning, this is an incredibly gory film. Blood and guts spill forth, showing all the nasty details as Maren, Lee, and Sully sink their teeth into human flesh, pulling out the blood and guts in their teeth. It’s all treated with great horror, made brutally evident by Maren and Sully’s first meal which starts with an old lady on the floor and ends with a bloody mess and pesky flies buzzing about.

At the same time, the passion feels real and heartfelt. It’s never treated as an absurdity and even centers around the tricky mindful field of placing trust in strangers. That trust slowly builds but still has its hills and valleys. They set rules for who they target but rules can become lost when murder is on the table. It makes for a compelling drama of young people struggling to find themselves while also trying to survive in a world they don’t feel they belong.

Bones and All doesn’t hold anything back in its merge of love, drama, horror, and adventure. All of it blends beautifully into a film that may make you turn your head when guts are torn out but still sheds some tears for the human connection between human consumption. What a fascinating film from such a multifaceted director.

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