Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Stay At Home Festival: Film Forty Two SKIN (2019)

SKIN is the story of Bryon Widner, a former skinhead, who contemplates and eventually leaves the movement after meeting a young woman with three daughters.

A dark trudge to the light SKIN was an unexpected find at this year's Tribeca. I originally had no interest in the film, I only wandered in because I had to fill two hours with something. It was a lucky break because as a result I ended up seeing one of my favorite films of the festival.

We know where the film will go, since we see periodically Widner getting the tattoos that cover his body removed in sequences that act as painful stripping away of the past on a course to rebirth, but it doesn't matter since it only makes us curious what will be the cost of leaving behind everything he knows.

That the film works as well as it does is entirely due to the cast headed by Jamie Bell and Danielle Macdonald who you understand a love that can change one's life.


Streaming on Amazon Prime

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