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Under the Skin 18 rating

Carine Adler’s sexy and dark debut, starring Samantha Morton in her first major feature film role.

Melodrama 1997 83 mins

Director: Carine Adler



Sexy, dark and ultimately uplifting, Carine Adler’s stylish debut gave Samantha Morton her first major feature film role in 1997. In this intimate exploration of a young woman’s relationship with her mother and sister, things are going badly for Iris (Samantha Morton); her mother (Rita Tushingham) has been given only weeks to live and she feels increasingly distant from her happily married and heavily pregnant older sister Rose (Claire Rushbrook). Unable to deal with her grief and jealousy, Iris ditches her job, her flat and her boyfriend and prowls the streets looking for love in all the wrong places.

Prior to her critically acclaimed leading role in Under the Skin, Samantha Morton’s TV credits included Soldier Soldier, Band of Gold and Jane Eyre. She has since become one of Britain’s most successful leading actresses. Under the Skin won the Michael Powell Award at the 1997 Edinburgh Film Festival, the Critics’ Prize at the Toronto International Film Festival and was an Official Selection at the 1998 Sundance Film Festival.