One of the most anticipated films of the year, Bones and all directed by Luca Guadagnino, arrived in Italian cinemas last weekend. This is the review.
The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Art Interaction Exhibitionwhere he made himself known by winning the Silver Lion for directing a Luca Guadagnino and the Marcello Mastroianni Prize a Taylor Russellwas recently nominated for a Gotham Independent Film Award for his portrayal of Taylor Russell and Mark Rylance.
Bones and All: Plot
First love blossoms between Maren (Taylor Russell), a girl who is learning to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Timothee Chalamet), a tramp with deep feelings. The two meet and embark on a thousand-mile odyssey that will take them through the byways, secret passageways and trapdoors of Ronald Reagan’s America. Despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying past and one last battle that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness.
Bones and All from the very first scenes it presents itself as the sweetest and bloodiest film of Luca Guadagnino. The viewer may be shocked by Maureen’s act of cannibalism against her friend but, gradually he begins to discover the intolerance that the girl hides for that hunger and those uncontrollable gestures that lead her to change her name and city with the father of she.
She will be left alone, misunderstood by the man who was supposed to protect her. She believes she is the quintessential different from her, one and only, but soon discovers that there are other people like her and through encounters with other cannibals, such as Sully and Lee, she begins to understand even more about herself. That cannibalism seen as a discomfort, something inherent in one’s ego with which to have to deal with, trying at the same time to protect oneself from the wounds felt by the world and from her biggest wound, the abandonment of her mother.
Lee will make Maureen understand that she is not wrong, that she is a humane and sensitive person, albeit a cannibal. He embarks with her on a journey in search of that mother who abandoned her as a child, a woman from whom he discovers that he has inherited the cannibalism gene but not the anger and fear of her nature.
Lee and Maureen are souls who find each other, not only attracted by each other’s smell but as two magnetic entities. Both suffered because of a member of his family, and only by mending that deep internal wound and relying on each other will they be able to find serenity and above all love.
Bones and All teaches us to accept our diversity, and does so through Maureen’s journey: a journey not only on the road along American roads but, above all, an intimate journey of self-discovery.
The soundtrack signed by Trent Reznor by Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross is sometimes strident, with distorted sonorities and mournful sounds that underline the intimate suffering of the protagonists of Bones and All.
Bones and Alldirected by Luca Guadagninowith Taylor Russell And Timothee Chalamet is currently visible in Italian cinemas, distributed by Vision Distribution.
Bones and All