Opening in select theaters on November 18 and everywhere on November 23, the Bones and All movie is rated R for strong, bloody and disturbing violent content, language throughout, some sexual content and brief graphic nudity.
Bones and All is a story of first love between Maren (Taylor Russell), a young woman learning how to survive on the margins of society, and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), an intense and disenfranchised drifter, as they meet and join together for a thousand-mile odyssey.
The journey takes them through the back roads, hidden passages and trap doors of Ronald Reagan’s America. But despite their best efforts, all roads lead back to their terrifying pasts and to a final stand that will determine whether their love can survive their otherness.
From Luca Guadagnino (Call Me by Your Name) comes a love story as sublimely tender as it is dark and uncanny, a road trip of discovery between two American misfits who share a fierce, all-consuming appetite that sets them apart and sends them on the run, even as they long to find a home where they can belong.
Their renegade journey begins in the 1980s with young Maren, born with a secret, and driven by an inexplicable hunger outside all normal human bounds. Unable to be like others, moving from town to town, she has long felt like an irredeemable outcast.
When her heartbroken father decides he can no longer help her, Maren has no choice but to head out on her own. Then she discovers she is not alone. There are others like her. Others who know this same overpowering need.
Others like Lee, a small-town rebel who helps her survive, who grows ever closer to her, who sees beyond her forbidden desires, even as they become dangerously vulnerable to one another.
Though their condition is one of chilling horror, Guadagnino takes the story of Maren and Lee well beyond the confines of genre. Their cravings are treated as neither monstrous nor gothic but simply their unavoidable fates.
And as the odyssey unfolds, their tale turns into something else: a liberating road odyssey of two young people coming into their own, searching for identity and chasing beauty in a perilous world that cannot abide who they are.
For Guadagnino, the characters’ hunger for flesh, sudden and threatening as it is, was never about breaking taboos for the shock value, but the very opposite: it was about empathizing with those who are lost, those who can’t fit in and must wander on the fringes, those who are thoroughly rejected by society yet accepted by one another.
The Bones and All movie, he says, is “about impossible love, about the disenfranchised, and about the dream of finding a home.”
He continues, “It’s a story of two young people finding that there’s no such thing as home for them, so they’ll have to reinvent it. Maren and Lee are searching for their identities under extreme circumstances, but the questions they are asking are universal: who am I, what do I want? How can I escape this feeling of destiny I’m carrying? How can I find connection with someone else?”
The movie was written by David Kajganich, who adapted from Camille DeAngelis’ novel (Order Now). The film’s production companies are Frenesy Film Company, Per Capita Productions in association with The Apartment Pictures, Memo Films and 3 Marys Entertainment.