BONES AND ALL: chronicle

BONES AND ALL: chronicle

If Taylor Russell confirms the good that we thought of her since WAVES, Timothée Chalamet downright burns the screen. A film that leaves you breathless.

It’s a bit of LA BALADE SAUVAGE that we distinguish in the romantic road movie that is in part BONES AND ALL. But it is above all something more Stephen-King-esque that permeates the film, when these creatures thirsty for the lives of others, as virginal as others seem ancestral, tread this rural America in search of bodies in the agony. We thought a lot about DOCTOR SLEEP and the True Knot in front of this caste of predatory humans, cannibals of course, but endowed with the sensuality that is generally reserved for vampires. Failing to remake a classic of horror cinema again (SUSPIRIA by Dario Argento) and to attract the wrath of purists, the Italian Luca Guadagnino prefers to set his new horror film with pure Americana, grim settings and unpredictable rednecks. As if his two heroes Maren (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), lost, dirty and desperate young fugitives, were still too good for this earthy butt campaign, the director displays an assumed disgust for everything that is not not them. Sully (Mark Rylance), who teaches Maren to work on her patience, her flair, the art of dissimulation, is an awful and toxic mentor. Two guys (David Gordon Green and Michael Stuhlbarg) whom Maren and Lee meet on the road to Missouri are such caricatures of lousy people that Guadagnino can no longer hide his dislike for the America he portrays. This displayed disgust can serve to reinforce the grotesqueness of certain scenes (notably in a psychiatric hospital) as long as one adheres to it. But when it goes too far, when it comes close to the Grand-Guignol, we pick up and yearn to rediscover the strange tenderness of an adolescent passion. Guadagnino always manages to re-enchant his film thanks to the love, unconditional this one, that he devotes to his two heroes, a couple of sensitive and on edge killers. If the delicacy and subtlety of Taylor Russell quickly won our support, we are surprised to be carried away again and again by Timothée Chalamet. As soon as he appears, the image becomes magnetic. Something irrational, between attraction and repulsion (thank you for the feverish zooms), something deeply sexual, emerges from his character and makes him, de facto, a kind of irresistible neo-Lestat. Animal, casual and resolutely heroic, Lee recalls the romantic figures of the cinema of the 90s when Eros and Thanatos struck the charisma of a single and same actor who permeated the screen durably. Impossible to forget certain images of BONES AND ALL, which stick to your skin.

By Luca Guadagnino. With Timothée Chalamet, Taylor Russell, Mark Rylance. United States. 2h10. In theaters November 23

4 stars

BONES AND ALL: chronicle