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Live Flesh (1997)

Carne trémula (original title)
R | | Drama | 16 January 1998 (USA)
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...


(as Pedro Almodovar)

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »



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Víctor Plaza
Clara (as Angela Molina)
Sancho (as Jose Sancho)
Isabel Plaza Caballero (as Penelope Cruz)
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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.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Live Flesh  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


$1,535,558 (USA) (3 April 1998)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The literal translation of the Spanish title is "trembling flesh". See more »


Sancho: You're aiming at your superior!
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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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