She lies there on the floor of the room, still and barely moving. Her gaze is gentle, almost innocent. A girl is next to her; pretends to be interested in what happened in her past. But Maren herself knows that she is only fooling her. She hardly remembers herself. And the fragments her brain can still put together are memories that others her age don’t have. The unknown girl wants to show her the freshly painted nail polish – she doesn’t like the orange at all, but Maren has no eyes for it. She suddenly feels this need, this desire that she has buried long and deep within herself. And then it happens: she can’t control herself, she has to satisfy this hunger. That’s why her teeth spring out and she can taste it, the blood, the bones, the everything. Only then does Maren really realize: she’s not like everyone else, she’s an eater.
Luca Guardagnino’s latest film “Bones and All” is a love story with a very special taste. Its protagonists, Maren and Lee, don’t have to come to terms with finding themselves like other teenagers. No, they’ve already done it. They know exactly who they are and that they can’t retreat from uncontrollable cannibalism. So the two embark on a journey together through the interior of the United States, accompanied by wonderful landscape shots and sunsets and an unforgettably melancholic soundtrack delivered by Atticus Ross and Trent Reznor.
It was in its horror moments that I found the film strongest; the gore settles on your body and makes your hair stand on end. There were several moments where I almost jumped up out of my seat because I couldn’t believe the moral values these characters held. You can suddenly smell the flesh as well, feel the vermin on your skin, and are completely lulled by the natura and lore of a killer. Paired with the love story, however, it creates a two-pronged sword: the genre transitions unfortunately failed to satiate my appetite, mostly due to the fact that I got the feeling while watching that a lot of character development from the book was edited down for the film and especially the romance aspect has suffered from it.