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La piel que habito (2011)

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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

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Marilia
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Zeca
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Fulgencio
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Presidente del Instituto de Biotecnología
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Norma Ledgard
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Cristina
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Médico
Chema Ruiz ...
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Buika ...
Cantante (as Concha Buika)
Ana Mena ...
Norma joven
Teresa Manresa ...
Casilda Efraiz
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In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, scientist, Dr. Robert Ledgard, is trying to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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2 September 2011 (Spain)  »

Also Known As:

Koža u kojoj živim  »

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Budget:

$13,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$223,119 (USA) (14 October 2011)

Gross:

$3,185,193 (USA) (23 March 2012)
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Trivia

When Dr.Ledgard enters his bedroom, the book "The Selfish Gene" by 'Richard Dawkins' is open on his bed. The book's naturalistic approach is that a human being is a gene's way of making a new copy of itself; humans have limited say in the matter. This may reflect on Ledgard's state of mind in manipulating Vera. (The book is acknowledged in the credits.) See more »

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When Doctor Robert Ledgard is preparing the artificial skin for the surgery he grabs the scissors with his thumb and index fingers, every experienced surgeon uses thumb and ring finger for using that tool. See more »

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Marilia: [to servant] Help me with the dumbwaiter.
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It's hella sick.
14 December 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The credits are rolling as I type this, and my opinion may change upon further meditation, but at the present moment, I cannot think of a better film I've seen in my entire life.

This film is equal parts "The Piano Teacher" and "Serbian Film." It is deeply unsettling, profound, and beautifully executed.

I have to admit that my expectations were lowered by Antonio Banderas' involvement and the plot (allegedly) involving a surgeon trying to do something or other. It sounded like a tame, modern, artsy reinvention of "Eyes Without A Face." I suppose that film is a part of its heritage, but The Skin I Live In is much more engaging and unsettling.

I'm not going to take the time to organize my thoughts into a proper five-paragraph format. If you like disturbing stuff, and / or if you are a film snob, this is top-shelf. There's really nothing better out there.


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