Bones and All Houses Amour with Macabre

I’m not sure what I expected when I went into the theater to see bones and all. Although I certainly now know that it did not disappoint me, but it did throw me off at times. Of course, I knew the movie was rated R, written and directed by the duo who remade sighs in 2018. Perhaps knowing that it was based on bones and all more commonly classified as a YA romance, by Camille DeAngelis, I thought the cannibalistic moments would match the blandness of the rest of the story. I was wrong.

bones and all it’s soft; She is delicate in her emotional moments. That, however, is in stark contrast to the dark blood we witness when the “eaters” feast.

Following closely the journey of Maren Yearly (Taylor Russell), bones and all is a coming-of-age story about otherness, anxiety, and the search for belonging.

Taylor Russell as Maren in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
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Set in the 1980s, Maren must fend for herself shortly after a finger-eating incident. Her father, Frank Yearly (André Holland), along with a small sum of cash, leaves behind a cassette with her explanation. When it is revealed that her mother, Janelle Kerns (Chloë Sevigny), may be just like her, Maren sets out to find her.

Listening to her father’s tape, it becomes quite clear that whatever Maren is, it’s not something she’s capable of overcoming, no matter how hard she tries. Throughout the movie, this tape contains a lot of guilt for Maren until he can fully accept who she is.

(Left to right) Taylor Russell as Maren and Mark Rylance as Sully in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
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On the journey to find her mother, Maren meets other diners: first Sully (Mark Rylance), an older man with a brooding vibe, and then Lee (Timothée Chalamet), who rounds out the sweetness of this movie. -age issues.

Rylance is creepy to watch, but Russell and Chalamet’s chemistry gives the movie a yellow glow. Each character has a unique perspective on who they are, and they play into their backstories very well. Just from the looks and the posture, you can get an idea of ​​who these actors are portraying, and then the dialogue comes, and you’re plunged into this twisted but blissful story.

Taylor Russell (left) as Maren and Timothée Chalamet (right) as Lee in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
Credit: Yannis Drakoulidis / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
© 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

The gritty, brown and beige nostalgia of the 1980s grounds the story in a harsh reality where people in the US Midwest at the time did not live in luxury like many in big cities. The same goes for the gritty and gruesome moments where we see this lovely young woman bite into someone else’s flesh. The cannibal moments of bones and all they are so real that they tingle the nerves of your body as if you were there, and sympathetically feeling that bite in yourself.

I’ve been struggling to understand what the narrative is supposed to mean. The use of cannibalism implies otherness; Russell and Chalamet’s closeness implies a found affection, like a found family. One could infer that this represents what it can be like for people in the LGBTQIA community or something about race, but what does Sully imply? What does the tragic ending mean?

bones and all it gives a sense of hope to these people and then strips it away. Why?

Timothée Chalamet (left) as Lee and Taylor Russell (right) as Maren in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
Credit: Yannis Drakoulidis / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
© 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Looking at the story more like a coming-of-age movie than a romance, the ending could imply that this was all part of Maren’s journey towards self-actualization. However, I then feel cheated by Lee and Maren’s heavy focus on chemistry and codependency. Maybe Russell and Chalamet’s chemistry was just too good, and he wanted it to work more than it should. Maybe bones and all lost in the execution of Maren’s story in her solitude; maybe we needed to understand more of who she alone was to understand that Lee was not the center of this whole journey for her.

It’s also interesting to note how cannibalism can be used in many ways. New (2022) also used romance, cannibalism, and terror as the core of its story, but the allegory is very different. Perhaps that is where part of my desire to understand the why of cannibalism; why is this ending so strong when watched bones and all. I am looking for the allegory of cannibalism to go one step further.

Taylor Russell as Maren in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
Credit: Yannis Drakoulidis / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
© 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Regardless, it’s a beautiful film, a joy to watch. All the performances are beautiful. It’s always a pleasure to see Chloë Sevigny on screen, even if she is briefly, and André Holland’s voice was lovely; comforting at all times.

Arseni Khachaturan’s cinematography is light and airy, and the moments of blank space that intersperse the story are soothing and romantic: the horror is completely grounded in reality. It’s an incredibly well shot and paced movie with such delicate touches.

Timothée Chalamet as Lee in BONES AND ALL, directed by Luca Guadagnino, a film from Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.
Credit: Yannis Drakoulidis / Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
© 2022 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. All rights reserved.

Luca Guadagnino and David Kajganich made another classic film that can be seen again. It is elegant and macabre. I highly recommend checking it out, if only for the Chalamet mullet, which was truly spectacular.

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