Fifth about The Seventh

Bones and All

Bones and All: there is a beautiful and touching love story at the center of Luca Guadagnino’s film, as it follows a young woman running away from home and meeting a young man equally drifting at the edges of society. What defines them, however, is not that they are young or adventuring homeless, but that they are cannibals, part of a small but very present group. It’s hard to see what that, other than its unusual nature, brings to the table; it also makes it much harder to connect to the characters, who can often lean towards the repugnant. Acting is uneven: Taylor Russell is a tad stiff as the protagonist, while Timothée Chalamet is rather efficient as her beau; Mark Rylance and Michael Stuhlbarg are rather creepy as a couple of members of their tribe, so to say, they meet on the road. Cinematographer Arseni Khachaturan injects poetry and beauty into the images, in spite of the violence and industrial amounts of blood. The musical score, by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, is effective.

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