10 Best Quotes In Bones And All

Summary

  • Bones and All is a 2022 romantic horror film that explores the complexities of love, identity, and acceptance. The film follows the story of Maren Yearly, a young woman who struggles with her cannibalistic urges and her desire to live a normal life. Throughout the movie, several quotes capture the essence of the characters’ emotions and the themes of the story. Here are some of the most impactful quotes from Bones and All:
  • “We Should Feel Something.”
  • “Every Time You Drive Off, We’re Terrified.”

Mixing horror with romance as well as elements of a coming-of-age story, the best Bones and All quotes highlight the strange odyssey of the movie. From acclaimed Italian director Luca Guadagnino, Bones and All tells the story of two cannibalistic young people, Maren (Taylor Russell) and Lee (Timothée Chalamet), as they embark on a road trip across America. However, the connection between these two goes deeper than anyone else could understand, as they are both “eaters” who crave human flesh.

The movie strikes a unique tone of being beautiful and haunting all at once as the audience follows these young lovers on their bloody road trip. The dialogue of the movie highlights the complexity of its story, delving into the gruesome practices of these people, discussing their struggles in society, and exploring their deep connection. These Bones and All quotes can stick with the audience long after watching the movie and make the unusual love story all the more impactful.

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Luca Guadignino’s Bones & All features some nostalgic and sentimental music that perfectly sets the mood.

10 “You Got Clever.”

Frank Yearly (André Holland)

Taylor Russell as Maren listening to her headphones on a bus in Bones and All

When Maren’s father, Frank, abandons her to fend for herself, he leaves a recording in which he tells the story of how her cannibalism began. As she grew up, her “incidents” were infrequent but messy. Frank tried to stop her, but she soon figured out ways to hide her kills. Frank was there for Maren at first, especially after her mother left. Following each of her kills, he covered up her crimes, changed their identities, and moved on.

It took a toll on him as the years went on, causing him to leave her once she got too clever for him to continue. While Frank has very little screen time in the movie, leaving completely in the first act, this line helps make him a complex character. It is clear that Frank has a lot of love for his daughter, but this line suggests there was a lot of fear in him as well.

It’s as if he was beginning to see her more as an animal he could not control. It is the first hint of Maren’s struggle for acceptance in this world, as the one person who loved her unconditionally left her because he was afraid of what she would do.

9 “You Ask Me A Question, I Got To Answer It.”

Lee (Timothée Chalamet)

Timothee Chalamet's Lee and Taylor Russell's Maren talking in the back of a truck in Bones and All

When Maren and Lee discuss their first time eating someone, he explains how it made him feel in detail, but when it comes to remembering what happened after, he claims not to know. Maren doesn’t believe him, but he insists he won’t lie to her. Throughout this coming-of-age film, Lee and Maren ask each other questions to get to know each other better, and despite the brutality and horror of their nature, their relationship blossoms into one of total honesty.

Movies like Bones and All strive to balance romance with the gruesomeness of their horror premises. Bones and All achieves it more effectively than most films and this scene is a perfect example of why. While the conversation surrounds the brutal killing and eating of people, it becomes a conversation about trust. For Maren, this is a beautiful relief as she feels she’s found someone who has accepted her. However, it feels as though Lee was as desperate for such a connection as well.

Chalamet previously starred in Luca Guadagnino’s
Call Me By Your Name
.

8 “We Should Feel Something.”

Maren Yearly (Taylor Russell)

A bloody Marsen looks at herself in a mirror in Bones and All.

As Maren searches the car of her and Lee’s last victim, she finds pictures proving he had a family, and she grows upset. She heads back to the house to find the family has called the police, mixing her deep guilt with the terror of getting caught. She questions why they do what they do, even if it is to survive.

They don’t feel any emotion when they kill, and they leave as if nothing happened. This quote zeroes in sharply on Maren’s inner turmoil as she wonders whether she can ever be normal. Despite the fact that it is about cannibalism, many parallels have been drawn between the story of Bones and All and the experiences of certain communities that are made to feel like “others.”

Maren’s heartbreaking self-doubt at this moment reflects a very real feeling these people can have. She has seen loved ones come to fear her because of who she is, which has driven her to fear herself and question if she is the monster they make her out to be.

7 “Every Time You Drive Off, We’re Terrified.”

Kayla (Anna Cobb)

Anna Cobb as Kayla with an ice cream cone in Bones and All

During Lee and Maren’s road trip, they come to meet his family, including his sister, Kayla, who scolds Lee for coming and going so often. She desperately wants him to stay, but he can’t because of who he is. He doesn’t want her to find out the type of person he is. This quote demonstrates that even if Lee is trying to protect his sister, he’s still causing her pain which highlights the lonely existence these people have had.

The real power of the quote comes from how it relates to Maren’s situation.

However, the real power of the quote comes from how it relates to Maren’s situation. With the realization that Lee has a loving family, it shows the kind of life that she has dreamed of. Her father abandoned her, while Lee has had to remain distant from his own. It is a sign that “eaters” can never have that normal life with people close to them as they will either be pushed away by loved ones or be forced to push loved ones away from them.

6 “Never, Ever Eat An Eater.”

Sully (Mark Rylance)

Meron looking at Sully in Bones and All

Sully teaches Maren some rules that “eaters” supposedly live by. Maren decides to learn from him, but after she observes him during their short time together, she decides that she doesn’t want to be around him for long. Sully’s rule establishes that there exists something of a cannibal community with some form of “code” if not a structure.

There aren’t many “eaters” out in this world, so Sully would rather not lose those of his kind. Tellingly, Maren rejects that community when she breaks Sully’s rule by killing and eating him. Marly Rylance’s Sully is one of the most interesting characters in Bones and All and helps Maren learn she is not alone in the world.

However, this quote also highlights how Sully’s early teachings about the world of “eaters” are his own way of controlling things. By breaking away from him, she is able to discover the world of “eaters” on her own without him dictating the rules. Maren being so put off by Lee gives strength to her relationship with Lee, proving it is not just about them both being “eaters.”

5 “I Wondered Why He’s Been Staying, But Maybe It’s Because Of You.”

Kayla (Anna Cobb)

Taylor Russell and Timothee Chalamet in Bones and All

A few months after Maren ran away from Lee, she comes back searching for him in his hometown. Lee was always on the run and Kayla hated that. This time he came back without Maren but decided to stay nearby and Kayla believes the reason he stayed is that he hoped Maren would come back. Nothing could make him stay put except for Maren. It seems that he was looking for her all along without even knowing it.

Lee returning to the place that he kept running from for Maren signals that they didn’t need to be on the run and could settle down together.

He truly loved her even if he had a difficult time showing it and when she left, he was heartbroken and had nowhere else to go but home. Luckily, they found their way back to each other. It is a sign of the deep connection these two formed, finding something in each other that changed them and their view of the world. Lee returning to the place that he kept running from for Maren signals that they didn’t need to be on the run and could settle down together.

4 “The World Of Love Wants No Monsters In It, So Let Me Help You Out Of It.”

Janelle Kerns (Chloë Sevigny)

 Chloë Sevigny as Janelle without hands and sitting in the corner in Bones and All

Maren finally finds her mom at a state hospital in Ferguson Falls. The nurse had kept a letter Janelle had written for Maren 15 years ago. Though their relationship differs from the Bones and All novel, it is still key to the story. It was a very emotional letter explaining why she had to leave her behind. At the end of Maren’s reading of the letter, she wanted to end her suffering in this world by attempting to bite her own daughter in the neck.

All Maren wanted to do was find her mother and get answers but comes to realize that her mother was tormented by the same feelings of being an outsider and feared. She didn’t want Maren to live in a world with monsters like them, so she tried to hide her from it all. She had a demented love for Maren, but it was love nonetheless. It is a devastating moment for Maren, but one that reaffirms the love she has with Lee.

No one else, not even her parents, was able to free her from the fear that she was a monster. However, she is finally able to leave those relationships behind and embrace the fact that Lee makes her feel like she is a person in this world.

3 “You Want To Be People? Let’s Be People.”

Lee (Timothée Chalamet)

Timotee Chalamet and Taylor Russell sitting on a hillside in Bones and All

Maren knew she wasn’t normal growing up, but she always wanted to live a normal life. Lee had accepted her as she was and loved her enough to do anything to make her happy. Their different views of how they should live their lives given their habits nearly drove them apart before, but Lee is ready to ensure they are never apart again.

If that meant pretending to be normal, he would do it in a heartbeat. Their love for one another grew so strong that they were willing to do whatever it took to stay together. The line signals a transition for the young couple.

The entire movie finds them living the life that Lee thought was best for them; constantly being on the move and driving across the country. However, with their truck breaking down, it is as if it is a sign that a change is needed. There is a sense that Lee does not want to leave this life behind, whether out of comfort with what he knows or fear of not fitting in. However, he is willing to step into the unknown if he can do it with Maren.

2 “All I Think Is I Love You.”

Maren Yearly (Taylor Russell)

Meron and Lee looking at each other Bones and All

While Lee told Maren early on that he would never lie to her, there was one dark secret of his past that he was keeping from her until he was finally ready to share. After Lee tells Maren the truth about killing and eating his father, he asks her if she thinks he’s a bad person. Maren confirms she still loves him and says she would’ve done the same thing.

This vulnerable moment shows that he is not so different from her and that he has moments where he thinks he is a bad person.

From the moment she met Lee, Maren saw him as someone who was comfortable in his own skin and willing to live his life as an eater without the self-doubt and hate that she felt. However, this vulnerable moment shows that he is not so different from her and that he has moments where he thinks he is a bad person. The moment that Maren immediately reassures Lee that she loves him in spite of all of that is a moment of her coming to terms with herself as well.

1 “I Want You To Eat Me, Maren. Bones And All.”

Lee (Timothée Chalamet)

Timothée Chalamet's Lee and Taylor Russell's Maren staring at each other Bones and All

As much as audiences might have wanted a happy ending for the two, it is not surprising that Lee and Maren’s romance turns tragic at the end of Bones and All. While settling into their new normal life, Sully returns and attacks Maren, leading to a fight.

While they are able to kill Sully, Lee is badly wounded in the struggle and it becomes clear that he is going to die. The two share a heartbreaking goodbye, and with his last breaths, Lee tells Maren he wants to be her first “bones and all” so she’ll remember him forever.

For Lee, it’s the greatest act of true love in their unique, twisted romance. It is a way for them to be together in the end. However, it is also a final way for Lee to show Maren that she is loved for who she is. While she tried to have a normal life, his final request allows her to embrace her true self, encouraging her to not forget that when he is gone.

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Bones and All is a horror/romantic drama from director Luca Guadagnino starring Taylor Russell and Timothée Chalamet as two new cannibalistic lovers living on the fringes of society. When Maren (Russell) falls back into her compulsion to eat flesh at a slumber party, she is sent out on the run to avoid being arrested. She soon meets Lee (Chalamet), another “eater,” just like her. The two begin an intense romance as they finally find someone who understands them – but unfortunately for them, they aren’t the only eaters nearby. 

Director Luca Guadagnino Release Date November 23, 2022 Cast Chloe Sevigny , Timothee Chalamet , Taylor McKenzie , Michael Stuhlbarg , David Gordon Green , Mark Rylance Runtime 130 minutes

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