This week my "Take Three" column (every Sunday, three write-ups on three performances in a supporting/character actor's career) over at The Film Experience features Samantha Morton in Under the Skin, Control and The Messenger.
Take One: Under the Skin (1997) After some acclaimed TV and short film work, Morton made her feature bow in Carine Adler’s Under the Skin.
In it she plays Iris, a girl selfdestructing and suffering due to the
death of her mother. In this blistering debut Morton flits between
girlish abandon and hot-tempered wilfulness. At times the camera has
trouble keeping up with her as she weaves through life picking up
numerous sexual conquests in retaliation for not being able to confront
her grief. Other times, the camera can’t seem to pull away from its
close focus on Morton’s expressive face, as in the scene where she
enters a church and tearfully gazes at the congregation...
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