Bones and All - Review (London Film Festival 2022)
You Don't Think I'm a Bad Person? 4.5 / 5
Directed by Luca Guadagnino.
A young woman named Maren embarks on a thousand-mile odyssey through the backroads of America where she meets Lee, a disenfranchised drifter.
Releases in UK Cinemas: November 25th 2022
"There's before Bones and All and there's after" is said menacingly at around the halfway point and never had a statement been more true.
This bloodthirsty romantic road trip balances the serene and horrifying as our two star-crossed lovers have an appetite for something a bit more personal than the average meal. Of all of the films to go into blind, this one knocked me for six as its bloody and animalistic tendencies made themselves almost immediately clear.
Taylor Russell gives an outstanding performance as she tries to understand her place in this new and vicious world. Once Timothée Chalamet arrives in her life the security in each other's company brings both comfort and new dangers. Even the supporting characters are on top-form with Mark Rylance and Michael Stuhlbarg giving brief but menacingly unforgettable performances. On top of all that, Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross' soothing score perfectly contrasts the brutality on screen as it finds a sense of innocence amongst the grotesque.
As to be expected, Bones and All will be an acquired taste with its tranquil tone juxtaposed against moments of abrupt and horrifying chaos. But against the odds, this violent and touching love story really works with strong talent both in front and behind the camera to create a coming of age story with bite.