Bones and All

Director: Luca Guadagnino
Year Released: 2022
Rating: 3.0

High school student Maren (Taylor Russell) has an incident where she bites off the finger of a classmate and is abandoned by her father Frank (André Holland), so she decides to head to Minnesota to find her long-lost mother Janelle (Chloë Sevigny) and along the way meets an odd drifter named Sully (Mark Rylance) - who informs her that she's an "eater," or cannibal, just like himself - and gets into a relationship with troubled Lee (Timothée Chalamet), who is tasked with obtaining bodies for them to devour.  Although the combination of gore and romance might turn some people away, I think Guadagnino and screenwriter David Kajganich - working off the novel by Camille DeAngelis - put together an interesting take on both addiction (with human flesh standing in for heroin) and co-dependence as well as the issue of generational trauma: when she finally locates biological Mom, she finds she's unable to speak and chewed her own hands off ... and then tries to kill her only child (to presumably stop the cycle).  The handling of the Sully character could have been smoother, but I understand how they were trying to "wrap it up neatly" ... yet Maren's future looks very uncertain.  As an American, I appreciate the way the Italian director depicts the Midwest (which we East Coasters kind of mock): grassy, quiet and full of secrets.