Criticism of Bones and All, a teenage romance that reaches Down to the Bones

The literature on first love is extensive, as is the cinema that collects this symbolic stamp, that sometimes romanticized memory that is distorted with idealization and nostalgia. To the Bones: Bones and All, by Italian director Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name), turns that concept around and embrace romantic relationship between two teenagersbut adding an additional ingredient, the cannibalism of its protagonists.

In this case, the fact that the characters eat human flesh is not so much a disorder, but something supernatural and innate, present in certain people. The filmmaker avoids explaining the fantasy element per seTherefore, it does not delve excessively into the reasons or the whys, it uses it rather as a catalyst for the conflict. It is cannibalism that unites the protagonists, lost and misfits in a world frightened by their appetites.

United States, the eighties, the America of Donald Reagan. Maren (Taylor Russell) is a teenager who lives withdrawn at home. One day, the young woman decides to run away from her and accept the invitation of several girls from school, but the sleepover night ends in drama when she sticks a tarisco to her friend’s finger. After the incident, Maren’s father can’t cope with the problem and leaves her to her fate. Elsewhere across the country, Lee (Timothée Chalamet) has become something of a wandering drifter, returning home occasionally, much to the despair of his family.

Sensations, love, guts and a place to fit in

Down to the Bones: Bones and All is a film of sights, smells, and sounds, sensory impulses that run through their bodies and penetrate the viewer. Both Maren and Lee learn to smell their own, to detect the metallic aroma of blood, meat, putrefaction or approaching death. The film adopts true horror tone gore at some specific points, where he recreates the sounds of splashing blood, tearing flesh or breaking bones.

Maren and Lee travel the byways of rural United States, a road trip in which the beautiful natural landscapes contrast with their dilapidated homes, as much as their own will. The portrait of that decadent USA remains implicit, more through the images than its narrative development.

The couple lives in their flesh a visceral first love, beautiful but terrible, not lacking in delicacy, which represents two lost people whom society has left on the sidelines, lying in the ditch of any road. It is also a journey towards their self-exploration as individuals, a journey in which they reflect on their emotions and stimuli and determine if they can or should contain all those intoxicating drives.

Down to the Bones: Bones and All, review

Based on the novel by Camille de Angelis, the film lacks depth in its sketch of the vicissitudes of the United States of the time, although the axis of the film works and the peculiar context of the characters, their cannibalistic condition, It gives the product a more original approach.

Criticism of Bones and All, a teenage romance that reaches Down to the Bones