Timothée Chalamet reunites with Luca Guadagnino in a new film. But can you stomach the cannibalism aspect?
Superstar Timothée Chalamet and filmmaker
Superstar Timothée Chalamet and filmmaker Luca Guadagnino both know their way around a coming-of-age romance. Bones and All is a different proposition from the dreamy, wistful Italian milieu of Call Me By Your Name, but it has a heady, complex Courtship has the same DNA. Complicating matters in the 1980s-set Bones and All is that both Maron (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Chalamet) are cannibals, not by choice but by genetics. In a world of bones and all, cannibals are isolated “devourers” who cannot resist the urge to gorge on human flesh. It is part of who they are because it is ours to eat the diversity of nonhumans.
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Maren is a teenager and after a period of suppressing her imperatives, dad Leonard (André Holland) leaves her to fend for herself. Armed with a little money, her birth certificate and an explanation/apology tape from her father, Maren sets out to find the mother (Chloe Sevigny) who abandoned them both years ago. On the road, she She meets Sully (Mark Rylance), an old cannibal who literally sniffed her out during the night. Creepy to the extreme, Sully teaches Maran some of his methods but she is uncomfortable around him and runs away. Somewhere in the States, she meets Lee inside a supermarket. He’s gruff, edgy and she instantly recognizes him as her own. Their shared suffering – and possibly some hormonal urge – bonds them deeply and from there they travel together.
Bones and all a typical love story
Especially any that involve two outcasts who find salvation in each other. Here are two young people who have an unusual trait, who have always felt that they do not belong anywhere or with anyone. But now they have each other. Chalamet and Russell have an obvious chemistry — clearly important to any romance — but what differentiates their performances is how they portray their characters’ vulnerabilities. We do.
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It manifests itself in different ways. Russell’s Maron is more naive, completely new to being alone, while Chalamet’s Lee holds her past hurts and disappointments just below the surface. Guadagnino wrings a tender, refined performance from his young lead that really charts a character arc. It’s all the same because the whole cannibal thing is always present, and when you’re munching on other people, you really have to cultivate compassion for your characters.
Lean into Guadagnino Gore
The violence is never played down to camp and even the most extreme, truly stomach-churning, disgusting scenes have a strange rhyme to them. Every event has a reason, it’s not unnecessary, even if it’s properly gross and unsettling. And we know Guadagnino can lean into the gore, especially if you’ve seen Dario Argento’s remake of Suspiria in 2018 — Now that’s body horror on a whole different level. Bones and all, there are genuine moments of grace and elegance, and Guadagnino and cinematographer Arseniy Khachaturian capture the undeniably handsome Chalamet and Russell in stunning visual tableaux. It’s enough to make you forget that the two indulge in most of their scenes in fresh or caked-on, dried blood.