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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)


(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria) | 2 more credits »

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Clara (as Angela Molina)
Sancho (as Jose Sancho)
Isabel Plaza Caballero (as Penelope Cruz)
Conductor del autobús (as Alex Angulo)
Yael Be ...
Josep Molins ...
Daniel Lanchas ...
María Rosenfeldt ...
Niña (as Maria Rosenfeldt)


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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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,558, 19 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,535,558, 5 April 1998
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Aspect Ratio:

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!
David: No, I'm aiming at a lunatic and a drunk!
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A heart-throbbing thriller of a love and lust pentagon
4 March 2009 | by See all my reviews

Once again, Almodovar doesn not fail to demonstrate his masterful skills in casting intricate webs of human relationships of lust and love and his superb cinematic story-telling.

In the very limited timeframe of slightly longer than one and a half hour, the audience is treated to a fast-paced and mysterious love pentagon which stems from one person to another person and which eventually cast a web tangling the five main characters inexplicably. The conflicts between love and lust, guilt and innocence, love and sympathy, trust and control, an old, dark and cynical police state of Spain and a brave, outspoken and contemporary Spain……all fused into a melting pot of a heart-throbbing and colourful romance thriller.

One of the less flamboyant but more accessible piece from Almodovar.

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