In a scene from the new cannibalism love story Bones and All, a young woman played by Taylor Russell goes to a sleepover with some new friends and commits a bit of a faux pas. The film, by Call Me by Your Name filmmaker Luca Guadagnino, also stars Timothée Chalamet as a drifter.
Go on, make your joke: How did Guadagnino and Chalamet make a cannibalism movie and leave out Call Me by Your Name star Armie Hammer? Now that we’ve dispensed with that, let’s focus on the eerie-great clip, which bears a red band because it gets suddenly quite graphic. Imagine the tasteful gore of Guadagnino’s Suspiria remake with the ’80s dreaminess of Call Me by Your Name. (The sleepover girls chat over the strains of Duran Duran’s “Save a Prayer,” quintessential ’80s sleepover music.)
In case the events in the latter half of the trailer make you think this is just another cannibalism movie, bear in mind that Guadagnino said in a MovieMaker interview with Josh Encinias that it really isn’t, not at all. He says that people who have seen the film tend not to focus on the whole eating-other-people thing.
“I am very pleased that once they see the movie, they don’t care about the cannibalism,” he laughed. “They see the movie as a fable for love.”
Also, if his film seems shocking, well. Guadagnino isn’t worried about people acting shocked, as he told Encinas in a question involving the frequency of female feet in Quentin Tarantino films.
“There is a sort of comfortability in pretending to be easily scandalized as a majority. It might be the fear of being seen that makes people take these positions. But I think that, in a way, it’s irrelevant at the end of the day, because Quentin’s movies are super successful. People love them for the kinds of obsessions that Quentin plays out in his movies,” he says.
The sleepover scene, though, is more for the finger fetishists. You can watch the clip here or above.
Bones and All is in select theaters November 18 and opens wide hahaha November 23.
Main image: Timothée Chalamet as Lee and Taylor Russell as Maren in Bones and All, directed by Luca Guadagnino. Photo credit: Yannis Drakoulidis, courtesy of Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures.