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

 -  Drama  -  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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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David
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Elena
Liberto Rabal ...
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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Drama

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

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

£56,060 (UK) (15 May 1998)

Gross:

£179,285 (UK) (22 May 1998)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Jorge Sanz was cast as Víctor. One week into shooting, director Pedro Almodóvar replaced him with Liberto Rabal. 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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Connections

References Last Year at Marienbad (1961) See more »

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Ay mi perro
Written by J. del Valls Domínguez, Manuel Gordillo (as Manuel Gordillo Ladrón de Guevara)) and Augusto Algueró (as A. Algueró Algueró)
Edited by Canciones del Mundo, S.A.
Courtesy of BMG Music Spain, S.A.
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Mature but not tamed
2 June 1999 | by (Istanbul) – See all my reviews

Almodovar has always been the king of kitsch, the naughty, the pervert (who isn't anyway?), the generator of endless dirty language conversations, the good the bad and the ugly of the movie world. Well, he seems to have grown mature, but not tamed in that sense. He probably will be strongly criticized for the oral sex scene, on grounds that he is abusing disabled individuals, just like he was almost damned by feminists because of the looong rape scene in Kika. Well, although he seems to have moved away from his bright colors and chaotic chasing sequences, and although Live Flesh is to the best of my knowledge the first movie where he openly praises the post-Franco era, it was as tasteful as its predecessors. And who can build up such a web of events and relations better than Almodovar does, anyway?


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