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Live Flesh (1997)
"Carne trémula" (original title)

R  |   |  Drama, Romance, Thriller  |  16 January 1998 (USA)
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After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

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Elena
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Víctor Plaza
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Clara (as Angela Molina)
José Sancho ...
Sancho (as Jose Sancho)
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Isabel Plaza Caballero (as Penelope Cruz)
Pilar Bardem ...
Doña Centro de Mesa
Álex Angulo ...
Conductor del autobús (as Alex Angulo)
Mariola Fuentes ...
Clementina
Yael Be ...
Chica
Josep Molins ...
Josep
Daniel Lanchas ...
Conductor
María Rosenfeldt ...
Niña (as Maria Rosenfeldt)
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Storyline

Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and doesn't want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and older Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes off.. Four years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he's married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again. Written by Anonymous

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Life, love, desire...and everything in between.


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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$59,558 (USA) (23 January 1998)

Gross:

£179,285 (UK) (22 May 1998)
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Javier Bardem's mother Pilar plays the midwife who delivers Victor at the start of the film. See more »

Quotes

Sancho: You're aiming at your superior!
David: No, I'm aiming at a lunatic and a drunk!
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References Blue Chips (1994) See more »

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El rosario de mi madre
Written by Mario Cavagnaro
Courtesy of DIVUCSA, Calle Marina, 128 - Barcelona
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Almodovar prepared the ground
29 April 2003 | by (Portugal) – See all my reviews

Curious, seeing this after the smash hits of "Todo Sobre Mi Madre" and "Hable con Ella", because this movie sort of prepared the viewers to what was coming. Grabbing a solid and original story, Pedro Almodovar creates a movie that revolves around a strange set of characters, and on the process gives an excellent essay on the effect time has on people's lives. All the actors are top notch, specially the commanding Javier Bardem, who would later become an Oscar nominee with "Before Night Falls". Great music, cinematography and direction give this movie an even more satisfying look, and make this a well-achieved movie that ends up being the first part of an unofficial trilogy of Almodovar's best works.


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