The year is almost over, but films continue to be released and these projects have caught the attention of the public since the minute one. This is the case of the film directed by Luca Guadagnino, Bones and All, a 2022 road cannibal road film based on the 2015 novel Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis. Bones and All had its world premiere at the 79th Venice International Film Festival on September 2, 2022. Then the movie was theatrically released on November 18, 2022. The plot has shocked the audience with its explicit scenes, so here are some reasons why you should definitely watch Bones and All.
What is Bones and All about?
The film is based in the 80s, in Virginia, a teenager Maren Yearly who sneaks out of her home to attend a sleepover with some friend. While at the friend’s house, Yearly has a cannibalistic impulse when she bites a girl’s finger, and then she runs back home.
After her eighteenth birthday, her single father Frank leaves her to look after herself, by giving her cash, her birth certificate and a tape recording. On the tape, Frank tells Maren about her first cannibalistic episode, when she killed and partially ate her babysitter. Later, Maren leaves her hometown to go and search for her mother, Janelle, who abandoned her when she was an infant.
Maren takes a bus to Ohio, where she meets Sully, an elderly man who is also a cannibal, and realizes she was like him by the scent. Maren later moves to Indiana where she meets Lee at a grocery store. Both start traveling together and as the trip advances, they start falling in love, Maren will later find out the truth about her mother, and her relationship with Lee will be affected by shocking events.
Who stars in the film?
Taylor Russell as Maren Yearly, Timothée Chalamet as Lee, Mark Rylance as Sully, André Holland as Frank Yearly (Maren’s father), Michael Stuhbarg as Jake, David Gordon Green as Brad, Jessica Harper as Barbara Kers (Maren’s grandmother), Chloë Sevigny as Janelle Kers (Maren’s mother), Anna Cobb as Kayla (Lee’s sister), Jake Horowitz as Lance (a cannibal worker whom Lee picks up), and Kendle Coffey as Sherry.
Some names studded out, like Timothée Chalamet who was one of the main characters of Call Me By Your Name, a film directed by Luca Guadagnino. Chalamet was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance in Call Me By Your Name. As for Taylor Russell, she appeared in the 2019 film, Waves and Escape Room.
What other projects has Luca Guadagnino directed?
The Italian film director has also directed films like Call Me By Your Name (as mentioned before), The Protagonist (1999), Melissa P. (2005), I Am Love (2009), A Bigger Splash (2015), Suspiria (2018), Bones and All (2022) and he is the director of the upcoming film Challengers (2023).
Guadagnino has received widespread critical acclaim and several accolades, he has also been nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, Nastro d’Argento for Best Director, BAFTA Award for Best Direction and Best Film.
Bones and All has been filled with positive reviews, the public has spoken by saying the film’s plot and idea is interesting, but quite explicit.