Conversation with actor Taylor Russell following a screening of Bones and All. Moderated by Rajendra Roy, The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film, The Museum of Modern Art, New York.
Maren (Taylor Russell), a teenager who survives by eating human flesh, has spent her life roving from town to town with her father. As soon as she turns eighteen (and bites a girl from school), her father abandons her, leading Maren to finally search for her mother who left when she was a small child. Along her journey, Maren encounters Lee (Timothée Chalamet), who shares her affliction, sparking the flame of first love and first true kinship. Masterful performances by the young leads and supporting cast (Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg) are captured by Arseni Khachaturan's stunning cinematography, set against the promise and terror of American landscapes. Director Luca Gudagnino crafts a textured balance of the goriness of his Suspiria (2018) and the tenderness of Call Me by Your Name (2017), resulting in a singular tale of love on the margins. Based on the novel by Camille DeAngelis.