You’re going to fall brutally in love with Bones and All, a sensual and macabre masterpiece by Luca Guadagnino.
The latest offering from the Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino is Bones and All, a dark cannibal romance starring the Call Me By Your Name star Timothée Chalamet and Waves breakout Taylor Russell. The gorgeously biting trailer finds the two in a journey filled with desire, gore, and ultimately, a sense of spiritual awakening; each shot elegantly dancing to the equally menacing tune of Leonard Cohen’s You Want It Darker.
A CANNIBAL ROMANCE
Set in 1980’s Midwest, Bones and All tells the story of Maren (Russell) who is abandoned by her father and finds her first love in Lee (Chalamet), an intense and disenfranchised drifter. Together, the unlikely pair sets out on a cross-country journey as they revel in their shared desire to feast on human flesh until the society’s judgment of their dark secret forces them to reckon with their terrifying past and to test whether their love for each other can survive their otherness.
Adapted from Camille DeAngelis’s book of the same name by David Kaiganich, the romance horror features performances from Oscar winner Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg, Jessica Harper, Chloe Sevigny, and Anna Cobb. Russel has also been hailed as a revelation which is expected after her win at this year’s Venice Film Festival as Best New Talent. Guadagnino, on the other hand, has bagged the Best Director accolade from the festival.
‘SOCIETAL COLLAPSE IN THE AIR’
“There is something about the disenfranchised, about people living on the margins of society that I am drawn towards and touched by,” Guadagnino expressed in his director’s statement posted at the La Biennale website. “I am interested in their emotional journeys. I want to see where the possibilities lie for them, enmeshed within the impossibility they face.”
The Suspiria director has also stressed that unlike other horror films which eschew substance for shock factor, Bones and All is more of an exploration of the characters’ internal dilemmas. “I wasn’t interested at all in the shock value, which I hate. I was interested in these people. I understood their moral struggle very deeply. I am not there to judge anybody,” Guadagnino stressed in an interview. “My true hope is that the audience doesn’t reject the movie as a provocation because it deals with a taboo like cannibalism.”
Meanwhile, talking about the film’s themes of judgment and disenfranchisement, Chalamet aptly finds a similar thread to today’s generation. “To be young today is to be intensely judged,” he said during the film’s press conference in Venice, “I think societal collapse is in the air, it smells like it.” In another interview, the Oscar-nominated actor has emphasized how the “onslaught of social media” makes it difficult for young people to find out who they are. “Without being pretentious, I hope that’s why these movies matter because that’s the role of the artist is to shine a light on what’s going on,” he rightfully said.
The MGM film is also co-produced by Guadagnino and Chalamet, and is set to screen in the New York Film Festival this October 6. Bones and All will hit the theaters on November 23.