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The Skin I Live In (2011)
"La piel que habito" (original title)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marilia
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Roberto Álamo ...
Zeca
Eduard Fernández ...
Fulgencio
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Presidente del Instituto de Biotecnología
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Norma Ledgard
Susi Sánchez ...
Madre de Vicente
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Cristina
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Médico
Chema Ruiz ...
Policía
Buika ...
Cantante (as Concha Buika)
Ana Mena ...
Norma joven
Teresa Manresa ...
Casilda Efraiz
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Storyline

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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skin | suicide | key | death | plastic surgeon | See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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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  »

Box Office

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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The man that goes to the dress shop to bring his wife's garments, is Agustín Almodóvar, producer of the film and brother of Pedro Almodóvar. See more »

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When Ledgard's colleagues come to his mansion to perform the operation, one of them arrives in the Mercedes-Benz E class coupe which came into production in 2010. But the operation took place in 2006. Vicente wrote after the operation dates from 2006 on the wall of his room. See more »

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[first lines]
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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