So yes, as per the film synopsis, Scarlett Johansson is an alien prowling the streets of Glasgow in a white transit van.
While that is truly as odd as it sounds, she also does an incredible job of engaging passers-by in small-talk so that they have no clue what is in store for them, with an excellent English accent.
The whole tone of the film is mysterious and other-wordly, and I’m not sure I ever really understood who she was and why she was doing what she did in the first part of the film, but that didn’t matter a bit. The second part was interesting in other ways, as she begins to try to understand the world into which she’s been operating.
Unlike the half-dozen people who walked out after 20 minutes or so, I was totally mesmerised by the film from start to finish. It’s beautiful, strange and seductive, with a top-notch performance from Scarlett Johansson. And huge appreciation for an absolutely amazing soundtrack – spooky and atmospheric – at one point I realised I was breathing in time with it! Click the link to listen.
And the really spooky thing? For the next two days, walking or driving in crowded areas, I found myself looking at people through the eyes of Scarlett’s alien. Fascinating.