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La Biennale: Bones and All (2022) by Luca Guadagnino

We're continuing to publish the reviews by Anastasia Sviridova, who gets us known with the films presented to the audience during the Venice Film Festival 2022.

Luca Guadagnino presented his new film in Venice. In Bones and All he shows life simply and clearly again. It may seem that the theme of the film looks very extreme, and the director resorts, at first glance, to a shocking plot about the story of two cannibals from the novel of the same name by Camilla De Angelis. He builds the film generalizing all the mental deviations in the complex and how a person can exist and interact with others, to fight it or not, to accept it or not, and what comes out of it. In addition, of course, this is a deep and sensual love story.

Maren (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Timothée Chalamet) meet at a difficult time in everyone's life, when she is just beginning to fully feel the rejection and life of a cannibal. Lee is a severely traumatized young man at a more serious stage of accepting his essence. In this road movie, Maren and Lee quickly bond and help each other open up. They are looking for a way to exist in a world where there are very few like them. It is difficult for them, but they are full of mutual understanding and support.

Taylor Russell's performance as Maren is absolutely groundbreaking, while Timothée is very good, but from time to time the viewer can spot Elio from Call Me By Your Name (even in the manners and gestures, which was definitely intended!). The chemistry between the characters was sometimes heartbreaking and sometimes felt a bit forced.

A little about awkward moments. Yes, there is meat and some intestines. Yes, they are eating people. But I didn’t want to close my eyes and run to hell. In the general concept of difference from "normality", it looks very natural, if not aesthetically pleasing. However, the ending may shock you, despite the fact that, on a visceral level, it hasn't been a great suspense since almost the beginning of the film.

I was strongly pleased with Mark Rylance and Michael Stuhlbarg. Their roles are small, but very charismatic.

In general, Luca Guadagnino beautifully delivers juicy (in every sense) shots, again lovingly enjoys visually the main characters and shoots about everything he wants to say, directly and honestly. He does not try to romanticize illness and vice, he does not give an assessment. He skillfully guides us to the end with his vivid visions, music, metaphors, signs and sparkling thoughts. Nothing extra. It allows each of us to draw our own conclusion and place our own accents.

The official trailer and poster

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