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DVD/Blu-ray Release: The Skin I Live In

12 December 2011 8:36 AM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD/Blu-ray Release Date: March 6, 2012

Price: DVD/Blu-ray $45.99

Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Foreign film The Skin I Live In made the art house theater rounds to much acclaim from critics and audiences.

Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces), the movie stars Antonio Banderas (You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger) as a plastic surgeon whose wife died in a flaming car accident. After much trial and error, Banderas’ Dr. Robert Ledgard creates a synthetic skin that could have saved his wife’s life, and he tests it on a mysterious woman whose past is closely linked to the tragic events that haunt him.

The Spanish-language film, which is based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet and written in collaboration with Agustin Almodovar (The Devil’s Backbone), also stars Elena Anaya (Point Blank) and Marisa Paredes (Life Is Beautiful).

Like Sony’s release of other smaller and foreign movies, »

- Sam

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Review: "J. Edgar"

12 November 2011 2:00 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Disclaimer #1: This reviews briefly talks about the ending but... duh. It's history.

Disclaimer #2: Everyone has biases and the only people who tend to get in trouble about them are the ones that admit them like me. Generally speaking I think biopics are the dullest of film genres and it takes a strong artistic voice to overcome their persistent nagging limitations.  Generally speaking I do not love the work of Clint Eastwood. Though many critics feel duty bound to praise even his most obvious misfires, I've been accused of the exact opposite approach though I liked all four of his modern Best Picture grabs... (just not in the way Oscar did.)

Disclaimer #3: Clint Eastwood makes me sad because -- though this is not his fault -- he has ruined many famous film critics for me. My favorite living filmmaker is Pedro Almodóvar but I didn't try to pretend that Broken Embraces, »

- NATHANIEL R

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The Skin I Live In

21 October 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

The Skin I Live In

Directed by: Pedro Almodovar

Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet

Running Time: 1 hr 58 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: October 21, 2011 (Chicago)

Plot: A scientist (Banderas) uses the body of another woman (Anaya) to try to recreate the entire body of his dead wife.

Who’S It For? Anyone who has seen an Almodovar movie will have an idea of what to expect from tone, including the movie’s “telenovela” tendencies. Fans of psychological dramas might be sucked into this movie, so long as they are patient with its step-by-step storytelling. However, there’s no guarantee for anyone as to how the ending will settle with you.

Expectations: Outside of Banderas and Almodovar, I knew little about this movie. Those two names were all I needed to dive curiously into the director’s followup to the quite good Broken Embraces.

Scorecard (0-10)

Actors:

Antonio Banderas as Robert Ledgard: Simply put, »

- Nick Allen

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Aural Fixation: Getting Under Composer Alberto Iglesias’s ‘Skin’

20 October 2011 1:45 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Creating the world of a disturbed, yet brilliant, plastic surgeon harboring more than one secret is no easy task, but director Pedro Almodóvar rises to the challenge with his beautiful and haunting film, The Skin I Live In. An equal challenge was that of creating the music for this world to keep up with the story’s various twists and turns. From the frenetic strings that draw us in at the beginning of the film to the final piano refrain, composer Alberto Iglesias’s score helps create a world that refuses to let you, much like the mysterious woman trapped in the doctor’s home, out until the film’s very last frame. I spoke with Iglesias about the process of working with Almodóvar on this film, the challenges of expressing the emotion in scenes with little to no dialogue and how sometimes, an ax is an equally important part of the composing process as any instrument »

- Allison Loring

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Box Office: Pedro Almodovar's "Skin I Live In" Scores Strong Limited Debut (Updated)

16 October 2011 9:55 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In" debuted to exceptionally strong numbers this weekend, according to estimates. On 6 screens, the Sony Pictures Classics release managed a $230,979 gross and a $38,497 average. That gave it the best per-theater-average since May's "The Tree of Life," and the fourth best of 2011 behind "Tree," "Midnight in Paris" and "Jane Eyre." The average did dip below the massive $53,556 Almodovar's "Broken Embraces" »

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The Skin I Live In—movie review

13 October 2011 9:18 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

I’ve taken many unusual cinematic journeys with Pedro Almodóvar and enjoyed most of them, but I just didn’t care for The Skin I Live In. The filmmaker’s best work has always felt organic, even at its most outrageous; this one is burdened by an inescapable air of contrivance. One scene, in which an older female character unburdens herself and reveals a startling amount of expository information, actually plays like a— —parody of an Almodóvar movie. The Skin I Live In is a formalistic piece of work, uncharacteristic of the writer-director. (His last picture, Broken Embraces, was meticulous in its puzzle-like… »

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Spain Sidesteps Almodovar Again For Oscar Entry

29 September 2011 7:06 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

As the last minute foreign film Oscar contenders trickle in, Spain threw a curveball into the race.

The country sidestepped Pedro Almodovar once again, choosing "Pa Negre" (Black Bread) as its entry for the foreign language Oscar over Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," starring Antonio Banderas. While the director has been snubbed in recent years for "Volver" and "Broken Embraces," he won a Best Original Screenplay Oscar for "Talk to Her" in 2002 and earned the Best Foreign Film Oscar for "All About My Mother" in 1999. He was also nominated for a foreign language Oscar in 1988 for "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."

"Pa Negre" tells the story of a family after the Spanish Civil War. From Spain's point of view, "Pa Negre" is hardly a curveball. The film won nine awards, including the top prizes for Best Film and Best Director, at Spain's equivalent to the Oscars, »

- The Huffington Post

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Tiff 2011 – The First Four Days: Ricky D’s Blog Plus 18 Reviews To Digest

12 September 2011 12:17 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

We are now four days into the Toronto International Film Festival which runs a total of ten days so I felt it would be best to look back at some of the coverage we’ve posted thus far. Admittedly we are all a bit behind but we do intend on catching up before the fest if over. So far this year the festival hasn’t been as exciting for me as compared to previous years. Most of my time is spent running around from one cinema to the next, networking and trying to find some time to maintain the site and do some writing. The first day is usually a write off spent picking up tickets, finding a place to stay and meeting up with some old friends, so unfortunately my movie watching only began on Friday evening. So I’ve decided that in the future, I will arrive in »

- Ricky

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Tiff 2011: ‘ The Skin I Live In’ – ‘Restless’ – ‘Damsels In Distress’

10 September 2011 7:44 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Skin I Live In

Written by Pedro Almodóvar

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Spain, 2011

A debauched, high camp mashup of Face/Off, OldBoy, and the world’s glossiest telenovela, The Skin I Live In takes Pedro Almodóvar’s signature, soapy sensibility and applies an ingeniously effective genre (plot) twist. Antonio Banderas is terrifically deranged as Dr. Robert Ledgard, a world-renowned plastic surgeon capable of effecting the sort of fanciful transformation that turned John Travolta into Nicolas Cage. He’s likewise capable of acts of vengeance that are positively South Korean in their extremity, and, fittingly, also demonstrates a proclivity for sexual transgression that would make Chan-wook Park proud. Beyond these (hopefully) enticing teases, the less you know, the better, save that Almodóvar springs what would be a lesser film’s crowning reveal just past Skin’s midpoint. This paves the way for a superbly subversive third act, wherein the tropes »

- Julian

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One Day v The Inbetweeners Movie: a clear victor at the UK box office

31 August 2011 3:53 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Summer holiday success for The Inbetweeners Movie confirms that 2011 is the year of comedies and British films – One Day possibly not included

The winner

When The Inbetweeners Movie opened in the UK with a five-day tally of £13.22m, there was ample proof that the show's avid TV audience had a healthy and impatient desire to see the big-screen version. But would the film prove a quick burn at the box-office, once the core fanbase had been served? The answer is a resounding no. The past eight days have seen the comedy add another £14.5m, for a 13-day total of £27.72m. (Our chart below excludes takings on bank holiday Monday.)

The film is the fastest-grossing live action comedy in box-office history. The Hangover: Part II stood at £21.01m after two weekends of play, and Bridget Jones: The Edge Of Reason had reached £20.69m. Hancock was at £16.76m at this stage of its run, »

- Charles Gant

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Pedro Almodóvar To Serve as Guest Artistic Director at AFI Fest 2011

29 August 2011 2:57 PM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The American Film Institute announced today that Pedro Almodóvar is set to serve as the Guest Artistic Director for this year’s AFI Fest. As the festival is celebrating its twenty-fifth year in existence with this next festival, the addition of Almodóvar shows just how much the fest is expanding, both in terms of size and prestige. As part of his duties, Almodóvar will a present a coincidentally-timed twenty-fifth anniversary screening of his Law of Desire. The filmmaker will also create his own sidebar program of films that he credits as inspirations to his work. Many of Almodóvar’s films have shown over the years at AFI Fest, including Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!, High Heels, All About My Mother, Talk to Her, Volver, The Headless Woman, Broken Embraces, and Bad Education. His next film, The Skin I Live In, premiered at Cannes and will open in New York and Los Angeles on October 14, so I »

- Kate Erbland

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AFI Fest 2011 to be Guest Directed by Almodóvar

29 August 2011 10:21 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

News today that Spanish legend Pedro Almodóvar will be the guest Artistic Director of this year's edition of American Film Institute's annual AFI Fest. The director of artistic triumphs such as Woman on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Talk to Her, Bad Education, Volver and Broken Embraces will fill the shoes left by last year's Artistic Director David Lynch. Almodovar will present a 25th anniversary screening of his film Law of Desire that coincides with both the 25th anniversary of his production company El Deseo S.A. and of the festival itself. We can only assume that his latest film The Skin I Live In will also play a role in the fest which kicks off a few weeks after that film begins to »

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The Skin I Live In Review – Pedro Almodovar’s Frankenstein

26 August 2011 4:50 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

My review from the Cannes Film Festival re-posted.

Shaun Munro also reviewed the film for us this past week and awarded it four and a half stars.

 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin  I Live In which debuted to a rapturous applause at the Lumiere Theatre only a few hours ago is a humorous, twisted and Gothic infused psychological horror film – a movie that owes an awful lot to Georges Franju’s 60′s French creeper Eyes Without A Face but also perhaps the 80′s body horror sensation David Cronenberg.

In fact it’s definitely, definitely, definitely more Cronenberg than Almodovar or indeed even more Cronenberg than the modern day Cronenberg and I would never have pegged the Spanish great to make a movie quite like this. But I loved it, serious actors playing harrowing scenes deadpan in a silly and comic melodrama, like they aren’t quite in on the joke. »

- Matt Holmes

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The Skin I Live In review

25 August 2011 7:27 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar returns with a stylish thriller starring Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya. Here's Michael's review of Michael Leader...

After thirty years of campy comedy, passionate drama, luscious female characters and brightly coloured set design, it’s a joy to see that Pedro Almodóvar still manages to surprise the audience, and have fun while he’s at it. His latest film, The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito), carries on from 2009’s neo-noir Broken Embraces in its cheeky co-option of genre tropes, although where that film was still sensual and perky, this new effort is decidedly perverse.

Long-time collaborator Antonio Banderas stars as Robert Ledgard, a brilliant doctor who specialises in reconstructive surgery. He also conducts revolutionary research in his secluded home, where he experiments on a young woman, Vera (Elena Anaya), whom he holds captive. Dressed in a body stocking, and under constant, voyeuristic surveillance, »

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10 things to say if you’ve never seen an Almodóvar film

25 August 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With The Skin I Live In out today in the UK, here’s a handy guide to the films of director Pedro Almodóvar, and what to say if you’ve never seen one of his films…

We’ve all been there. You’re out with some friends eating tapas and drinking sangria, and someone mentions The Skin I Live In, the excellent new film from Pedro Almodóvar. But what if you don’t know the director’s work? Never fear. Here are ten things to say if you’ve never seen an Almodóvar film.

1. On women: “It's all about his mother...”

If you’re watching an Almodóvar film, you can bet that women are involved. Most evident, perhaps, in 2006’s Volver and 1999’s All About My Mother (both five star films), is that he’s a director keen to emphasise female identity, repeatedly highlighting their solidarity and resilience in the »

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Almodóvar's new leading lady

13 August 2011 4:09 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Skin I Live In star on the 'terrifying responsibility' of working with Spain's great director, Pedro Almodóvar

Ten years ago, the Spanish film-maker Pedro Almodóvar called Elena Anaya and asked to meet. She went to Madrid and immediately the director started to apologise profusely; he had a tiny role in his new project, he explained, but he couldn't imagine anyone else playing it. The young actor told him to stop: "I said to him I would be a vase or a lampshade if he wanted – facing a wall or whatever," she remembers now. The film was Talk to Her and Almodóvar was not exaggerating; Anaya's part is so small that when her father went to the premiere, he didn't even notice she was in it.

A decade on, Almodóvar called again. The intervening years had been good to both of them: Almodóvar had evolved his lurid, exuberant early films »

- Tim Lewis

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New Release: G-Force Blu-ray 3D

7 August 2011 12:29 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Nov. 8, 2011

Price: 3-Disc Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD) $44.99

Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment

The fur gets ready to fly in G-Force

The 3D debut of Disney’s 2009 adventure movie G-Force is a 3-Disc Blu-ray 3D/Blu-ray/DVD combo pack.

From famed producer Jerry Bruckheimer — who’s no stranger to Disney’s adventure films having been behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, Prince of Persia and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice — G-Force tells the story of an elite team of crime-fighting guinea pigs who use their high-tech spy equipment as they race against the clock to save the world.

Among the actors voicing the guinea pigs are Nicolas Cage (Astro Boy ), Sam Rockwell (Moon), Jon Favreau (Couples Retreat), Penelope Cruz (Broken Embraces), Steve Buscemi (The Messenger) and Tracy Morgan (Death at a Funeral). The cast also includes Bill Nighy (Wild Target) and Zach Galifianakis (It’s Kind »

- Laurence

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The Skin I Live In movie poster and images

13 June 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Images and the poster from The Skin I Live In, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas Also known as La piel que habito, the Almodóvar-helmed and written drama includes Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Marisa Paredes, Fernando Cayo and Eduard Fernández. The Skin I Live In is based on the novel "Mygale" written by Thierry Jonquet. It's a story of revenge, focusing on a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter. Pedro Almodóvar directed Volver, Bad Education, Talk to Her and Broken Embraces. »

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The Skin I Live In movie poster and images

13 June 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Images and the poster from The Skin I Live In, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas Also known as La piel que habito, the Almodóvar-helmed and written drama includes Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Marisa Paredes, Fernando Cayo and Eduard Fernández. The Skin I Live In is based on the novel "Mygale" written by Thierry Jonquet. It's a story of revenge, focusing on a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter. Pedro Almodóvar directed Volver, Bad Education, Talk to Her and Broken Embraces. »

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The Skin I Live In movie poster and images

13 June 2011 4:02 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Images and the poster from The Skin I Live In, directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas Also known as La piel que habito, the Almodóvar-helmed and written drama includes Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Marisa Paredes, Fernando Cayo and Eduard Fernández. The Skin I Live In is based on the novel "Mygale" written by Thierry Jonquet. It's a story of revenge, focusing on a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter. Pedro Almodóvar directed Volver, Bad Education, Talk to Her and Broken Embraces. »

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