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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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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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Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA)  »

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


£179,285 (UK) (22 May 1998)

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Sancho: You're aiming at your superior!
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Extracted from the book 'Ciudad de New York'
Lyrics written by J.M. Fonollosa
Music composed by A. Pili Álvarez
Performed by Albert Pla
Authorized for Spain to Ediciones Musicales BMG/Ariola S.A., Avenida de los Madroños, 27 - 28043 Madrid
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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