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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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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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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)

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$3,185,193 (USA) (23 March 2012)
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In one scene Dr. Ledgard is shown working on a bonsai tree. Bonsai is the art of creating spectacularly twisted dwarf trees, contrary to their natural patterns, by manipulating their nutrition, growing conditions and with ruthless pruning. This mirrors his ongoing experiment with Vera. 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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References Victim (2010) See more »

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Por el amor de amar
(Versión Castellana)
Written by Jean Manzon and José Toledo
Performed by / interpretada por CONCHA BUIKA (Buika), al piano Iván González Lewis (as Iván 'Melón' Lewis)
© 1960, by Jean Manzon & Jose Toledo.
Autorizado para todo el mundo a Universal Music Publishing, S.L.
Todos los derechos reservados.
Grabado en CATA (Madrid).
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An Intriguing and Dark Film of Revenge and Obsession
17 March 2012 | by (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) – See all my reviews

In Toledo, the scientist and surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is researching a synthetic skin capable to resist fire and any harm after the death of his beloved wife, who was burnt in a car accident. He is isolated in his mansion with his maid Marilia (Marisa Paredes) and his mysterious subject Vera Cruz (Elena Anaya), who is testing his experiment but is locked in her room.

After the assault of the thug Zeca (Roberto Álamo), who raped Vera, Robert has a nightmare with his daughter Norma (Blanca Suárez), who was raped in a party by the youngster Vicente (Jan Cornet) and committed suicide later. Robert plots a scheme to revenge his daughter that has begun with the abduction of Vicente. What is the connection between Vicente and Vera?

"La Piel que Habito" is an intriguing and dark film of revenge and obsession by Pedro Almodóvar that recalls George Franju's "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes without a Face") but in a David Cronenberg's style.

It was very difficult for me to write the plot summary without spoilers since the screenplay is very well developed like a puzzle and the mystery is kept along most part of the story. The gorgeous Elena Anaya has a great performance in her ambiguous role. Antonio Banderas and Marisa Paredes are wonderful, as usual. Ending my review, I would like to write that even those viewers that have never seen a film by Almodóvar will enjoy "La Piel que Habito". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Pele que Habito" ("The Skin I Live in")


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