Love at first bite


RELEASED 23 NOVEMBER TBC | 130 minutes

Director Luca Guadagnino

Cast Taylor Russell, Timothée

Chalamet, Mark Rylance, André Holland

At this point, Luca Guadagnino and Timothée Chalamet could reunite on absolutely any project that they want. So the fact that their post-call Me By Your Name pairing is an adaptation of a YA novel about two cannibals on a road trip seems a puzzling choice. However, any doubts quickly disappear as Bones And All is an absolute triumph, and arguably the highlight of both men’s careers so far.

Taylor Russell takes centre stage as Maren, an “eater” who on her 18th birthday sets out to track down the mother she never knew,

An exquisite feast that – between sobs– should be heartily devoured

but as her beleaguere­d father Frank (Andrew Holland) tells her, was cursed with the same appetite for human flesh. On the way she encounters fellow eaters, played with terrifying aplomb by Mark Rylance, Michael Stuhlbarg and David Gordon Green. But it’s a chance encounter with the sensitive Lee (Chalamet) that sees a true allyship form.

It’s not hard to be swept up in the central romance; Russell’s performanc­e is utterly enchanting, and Chalamet has never been more enticing, fully pulling off

Lee’s orange mullet, ripped jeans and pearl-buttoned twin-set. The two have a rare chemistry that is made all the more stunning by Guadagnino’s exquisite eye, as he composes everything from mountain ranges to abattoirs with the care of an oil painting. Atticus Ross and Trent Raznor of Nine Inch Nails, meanwhile, create a gently haunting score.

For all its gore (and repeated appearance­s of an eight-foot rope of human hair), Bones And All is a film of extraordin­ary beauty. Guadagnino has delivered an exquisite feast that – between sobs – should be heartily devoured. Leila Latif

Author Camille Deangelis is a vegan. She wrote the novel “to get readers thinking, ‘Am I okay with being a predator?'”

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“Don’t cry.” “But my name sounds like a shampoo!”

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