Skin Mystery

Pinkie 2022-04-21 09:01:57

It can be said that this is a film that is not well understood. It seems that I have realized something but I have nothing to gain, just write down what I think with a little guess.

The whole film is very empty, with very little dialogue, a lot of slow shots and blank space for the plot. It is very brain-burning but has a lot of room for imagination. Maybe I just haven’t adapted to this way of expression.

Two non-human (let's call it aliens for now) creatures, a man rides a motorcycle and a woman (Scarlett) drives a station wagon. Scarlett specializes in seducing solitary men and introducing them into the black pool. During the whole process, she seemed to be acting as an organization and leader. After seduction again and again, Scarlett's personal consciousness began to awaken. After seducing an ugly man, she actually let him go. She finally Decided to leave her team and escaped in a thick fog...

She began to try human life, eat human food, and live with human beings, but sadly, she finally found out that she was just an empty skin and did not Not a real human, so she started to flee again, but was eventually burned to death in the snow by a lumberjack...

The plot seems to be very simple, long and dull, but after watching it once, I skipped and added some plots Later, I slowly discovered that there is actually a lot of blank space behind the film, which allows us to use our own imagination to play the plot space and truly understand the deep meaning of the film's name "Under the skin".

At the very beginning of the film, some interstellar and non-interstellar scenes reach the pupils of people, which seems to imply the birth process of life...

Then, the motorcycle man returned to the station wagon from a far away place and carried a The "female corpse" was put on the station wagon, and then the naked Scarlett in the pure white space took off the female corpse's clothes and put it on herself. The strange thing is that the female corpse shed a line of tears at the end...
In my opinion, this female corpse is not a human being, in fact, she is another Scarlett, an alien creature with self-awareness awakening, because of her death, she was born. Make the motorcycle man use Scarlett to replace the original work of this "female corpse"... Thinking about it in this way can explain the tear more deeply, and Scarlett after changing clothes to observe the lower body of the female corpse, and the inexplicable animal The ants that appeared...

And then, three seductions, one more than the other, more different details, especially the third time that the ugly man appeared, he touched her, after he had been imprisoned in the black pool, she After observing the "self" in the mirror for a long time in the mirror on the stairs, there is a scene of a fly looking for an exit on the glass, which indicates that her self-consciousness has awakened, and she wants to break free from the original life mode and find another one. , The exit of life, she released the ugly man, but was "cleaned up" by the motorcycle man who chased after him. It can be seen that alien life is a kind of group animal, which only has shared memory and shared consciousness. Maybe the setting of alien creatures is exactly the same as "Mobile City", right? ! So when she began to have this mutation of self-awareness, she was destined to stay away from her own species. To put it a little further, her betrayal of her own species should have been planted from the touch of the ugly man, or the blood on the rose has already begun...
Human perception is nothing more than From "eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body and mind" to "sex, sound, scent and touch", from Scarlett's appearance, to letting go of the ugly man and finally dying in the ashes, the change of her consciousness started from the change of perception. In the beginning, there are nothing more than sound and form, then touch, taste, fragrance, and finally fear and other emotions. This is "dharma". It is also because of these senses that human beings generate various complexities and desires. When she seduced people into a black pool again and again, she began to be curious about this "desire" of human beings, and the various senses and consciousness she began to wake up. , which prompted her to look for the feeling of being a person after the fog - something like "self".

Sadly, the alien life model does not allow this phenomenon to occur.

It started as a motorcycle guy, and later became three. This number is the same as the number of people who were seduced by Scarlett and fell into a black pool. I think this is not a coincidence. The film does not introduce alien creatures. What is the purpose of kidnapping people, just after the skin bag explodes, the flesh and bones are turned into a burst of red light after passing through some pipe diameters, etc., and there is no more text. After carefully scrutinizing the coincidence of the number of deaths and the number of motorcycle men, it is still There is a hint of interstellar and changing pupils at the beginning of the film. I think these flesh and bones were eventually reorganized by alien creatures with their black technology, and then injected their shared consciousness into these new life forms, and then put on The complete skins they left behind have transformed into a member of alien life.

So what exactly are aliens? If they are pursued according to the above ideas, they should be a type of high-level intelligence that has completed the separation of spirit from the material body.

To break away from one's own species and to pursue these unique human senses and consciousness has already doomed the tragic ending of this alien life, from the initial self-confidence to seduce and fall into a single man, to the last full of fear, fear and sadness, Against being burned to death by a logging man, I think what the screenwriter wants to express has been clearly presented in front of us. Although the whole film seems so dull, I think the director did not deviate from the setting of the title of the film -

people, after all What kind of thing is it? Is it a skin that only has "color, sound, smell and touch"? How would we be who we are without these senses that our skins give us? Are these sensations that the skin gives us good or bad? If it is not good, why do so many of us continue to seek the desires brought by these senses in our various social activities? If so, why eventually have these feelings, such as fear and sadness, after having these feelings?

I also remembered the classic lines in the Heart Sutra: "Therefore, there is no form in the sky, no feeling, thought, action, consciousness, no eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, mind, no color, sound, smell, touch, Dharma, no vision, even the unconscious world, no ignorance. , there is no end of ignorance, or even death of old age, and death of old age."

When Scarlett's skin was torn, the pair of smart eyes on the skin stared at the "real" self. What do the eyes express?
When the original "female corpse" shed that tear, was the emotion churning in her dying heart the same meaning as those in those eyes?

The mysterious life, the mysterious plot, and the body shown by Scarlett attract us to be fascinated by it!

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Extended Reading
  • Sonia 2022-04-24 07:01:06

    The best kind of sci-fi in my mind, the text is simple and meaningful, and it plays the advantages of high concept well without being vulgar. The image style is very cold, the atmosphere is charming, and the form is full. It fully shows the charm of the movie, and does not let the form be tired by the content.

  • Monique 2022-03-20 09:01:41

    C+/ opens like a space odyssey, in the middle like annihilation, and ends like Ghost in the Shell. The first half was really amazing, but then the direction reversal became clearer. The sense of suspense has basically disappeared, and the concept and plot are so simple that people suspect that it is a short film. But I really love the A24 horror film, which has its own style and mystery. The skins underground, the overflowing sun, the people in the fog, and the snow at the end are all year-round shots.

Under the Skin quotes

  • Female: You're not from here? Where are you from?

    Camper: I'm from Czech Republic.

    Female: Why are you in Scotland?

    Camper: I just... wanted to get away from it all.

    Female: Yeah? Why here?

    Camper: Because it's... It's nowhere.

  • Female: So, why do you shop at night, then?

    The Deformed Man: People wind me up.

    Female: How?

    The Deformed Man: They're ignorant.