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The Skin I Live In -- 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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The Skin I Live In -- An unscrupulous plastic surgeon searches for a human guinea pig to test out his creation: a new skin that can shield against every assault.
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17 August 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 32 wins & 49 nominations See more »
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A full-on masterpiece. See more (136 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Antonio Banderas ... Robert Ledgard

Elena Anaya ... Vera Cruz

Marisa Paredes ... Marilia

Jan Cornet ... Vicente
Roberto Álamo ... Zeca
Eduard Fernández ... Fulgencio

José Luis Gómez ... Presidente del Instituto de Biotecnología

Blanca Suárez ... Norma Ledgard
Susi Sánchez ... Madre de Vicente

Bárbara Lennie ... Cristina

Fernando Cayo ... Médico
Chema Ruiz ... Policía
Buika ... Cantante (as Concha Buika)
Ana Mena ... Norma joven
Teresa Manresa ... Casilda Efraiz
Fernando Iglesias
Agustín Almodóvar ... Agustín
Miguel Almodóvar ... Hijo de Agustín
Marta R. Mahou ... Profesora de Yoga en TV
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guillermo Carbajo ... Amigos (uncredited)
Violaine Estérez ... Colega del Dr. Ledgard (uncredited)
Sheyla Fariña ... Amigos (uncredited)
Esther García ... Presentadora (uncredited)
Iván González Lewis ... Músico (uncredited)

Carmen Machi ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Azahara Moyano ... Cirujana Plástica (uncredited)
David Vila ... Amigos (uncredited)

Directed by
Pedro Almodóvar 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Agustín Almodóvar  collaboration
Pedro Almodóvar 
Thierry Jonquet  novel "Tarantula"

Produced by
Agustín Almodóvar .... producer
Esther García .... producer
Bárbara Peiró .... associate producer (as Barbara Peiró)
 
Original Music by
Alberto Iglesias 
 
Cinematography by
José Luis Alcaine 
 
Film Editing by
José Salcedo 
 
Casting by
Luis San Narciso 
 
Production Design by
Antxón Gómez  (as Antxon Gómez)
 
Art Direction by
Carlos Bodelón 
 
Set Decoration by
Vicent Díaz  (as Vicente Díaz)
 
Costume Design by
Paco Delgado 
 
Makeup Department
Oscar Aramburu .... hair assistant: Galicia
Tamar Aviv .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
María Barreiro .... hair assistant: Galicia
María de los Ángeles Cambronero .... additional hairstylist (as Mª Ángeles Cambronero)
Manolo Carretero .... hair stylist
Cristina Couto .... makeup assistant: Galicia
Fanibell .... makeup assistant: Galicia (as Fannybell)
Raquel Fidalgo .... assistant makeup artist
Aline Hafezi .... art finisher
Carlos Hernández .... additional makeup artist
María Illobre .... makeup assistant: Galicia
Sylvie Imbert .... additional makeup
Chass Llach .... additional hairstylist
Sebastian Lochmann .... special makeup effects sculptor
David Martí .... special makeup effects artist
José Martínez .... hair assistant: Galicia
Fani Mosqueira .... hair assistant: Galicia
Mamen Peña .... additional hairstylist
Esther Quintas .... makeup assistant: Galicia
Montse Ribé .... special makeup effects artist
Carlos Rivadulla .... hair assistant: Galicia
Pablo S. Santomil .... hair assistant: Galicia
Karmele Soler .... makeup artist
Suzanne Stokes-Munton .... wig design
Aleix Torrecillas .... mold maker: DDT SFX
Susana Veira .... makeup assistant: Galicia
Patricia Vilela .... hair assistant: Galicia
 
Production Management
Sergio Díaz .... unit production manager
Toni Novella .... production manager
Federico Rozadillas .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Manuel Calvo .... first assistant director (as Manu Calvo)
Juan Carlevaris .... trainee assistant director
Laura Díez .... trainee assistant director
David Esquivel .... third assistant director
Patricia González .... second assistant director: Galicia (as Patricia Glez. Galán)
Jon Iglesias .... additional assistant director
Francisco Lareu .... second assistant director: Galicia
Eva Sánchez .... second assistant director (as Eva S. Nofuentes)
 
Art Department
Gonzalo Ansó .... props
Pablo Buratti .... storyboard artist
Jesús Calzada .... assistant decorator
Carlota Casado .... assistant decorator
Alexandra Fernández .... assistant decorator: Galicia
Juan Gatti .... graphic designer
Mikel Izaguirre .... props
Antía León Castro .... property master (as Antía León)
Alejandra Loiseau .... set designer
José Luis Moya .... construction coordinator
Ramón Moya .... construction manager
Juan Antonio Padilla .... property master (as Juanan Padilla)
Antón Pena .... props: Galicia
Ramón Rubira .... props: Galicia
Pablo Seoane .... props
Juan Ignacio Viñuales .... props (as Juan I. Viñuales)
Tanja Wahlbeck .... painter (as Tania Wahlbeck)
Tanja Wahlbeck .... props (as Tania Wahlbeck)
 
Sound Department
Juan Dibarboure .... boom operator
Diego Díaz .... sound assistant
Álex F. Capilla .... foley artist
Eduardo G. Castro .... sound editing assistant
Patrick Ghislain .... foley mixer
Mario González .... sound re-recording mixer assistant
Pelayo Gutiérrez .... sound editor
Ana Belén Martín .... post sound production
Iván Marín .... sound
César Molina .... dialogue editor
Marc Orts .... sound re-recording mixer
Rafa Paniagua .... sound editing assistant
Josep Prieto .... sound recordist
Jaume Puig .... dolby consultant
 
Special Effects by
César Abades .... special effects technician
Reyes Abades .... special effects supervisor
Óscar Abades .... special effects technician (as Oscar Abades)
Tamar Aviv .... prosthetic makeup artist: DDT
Maxime Boquier .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Paula Eden .... special makeup effects artist: DDT
Sebastian Lochmann .... sculptor
José M. Meneses .... special effects technician: DDT
Jordi Morera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Raquel Munuera .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Stephen Murphy .... prosthetics sculptor
Pablo Perona Navarro .... special effects makeup: DDT SFX Crew
Yago Partal .... conceptual designer: DDT
Daniel Reboul .... special effects
Marcos Sagasta .... special effects technician: DDT sfx
Joaquín Vergara .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sonsoles Aranguren .... digital compositor (as Sonsoles L. Aranguren)
Bahar Cetin .... digital compositor
Pilar Cienfuegos .... digital compositor
Alicia del Rio .... digital conform artist
Eduardo Díaz .... visual effects supervisor
Ezequiel Larrú .... digital compositor
Alberto Luceño .... cgi artist
Helen Martí Donoghue .... visual effects producer (as Helen Marti Donoghue)
Guillermo Martínez Benavente .... digital compositor
Ramón Ramos .... digital compositor
Thorsten Rienth .... digital compositor
Paula Rubio .... digital compositor
Yolanda Rubio .... digital compositor
 
Stunts
Pablo Amorós .... stunt performer (as Pablo Amoros)
Camino Capellín .... stunt performer (as Camino G. Capellín)
César Solar .... stunt coordinator
César Solar .... stunt performer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francisco Argibay .... electrician: Galicia
Aitor Axpe .... additional electrician
Fernando Beltrán .... gaffer
Nacho Cadena .... electrician: Galicia
Edu Canet .... second assistant camera trainee
Roberto Cuadrado .... electrician
Abraham Cubo .... additional electrician
Antonio de Benito .... additional electrician
Cuco de la Peña .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (as Joaquín 'Cuco' de la Peña)
Óscar de Luna .... electrician (as Oscar de Luna)
Fidel Dopazo .... electrician: Galicia
Llúcia Faraig .... still photographer (as Lucía Faraig)
Ezequiel Fernández .... additional electrician
Carlos García .... additional electrician
José Haro .... still photographer
Igor Iglesias .... video assist
Aarón López .... assistant camera
Joaquín Manchado .... camera operator
Raúl Manchado .... Steadicam operator
Manuel Mayor .... electrician: Galicia
Carlos Miguel .... key grip
Roberto Miguel .... grip
Santiago Millán .... additional electrician (as Santi Millán)
José Luis Molero .... additional electrician
Sergio Morales .... additional electrician
Imanol Nabea .... assistant camera: Galicia
Luis Neira .... electrician: Galicia
Chiqui Palma .... second camera operator: Galicia
Ana Portela Rodríguez .... electrician: Galicia
Enrique Pérez .... electrician
Lago Quintas .... electrician: Galicia
Isabel Rega .... second assistant camera: second unit
Jon Peter Rowing .... assistant camera
Hiram Ríos .... steadicam assistant: Galicia
Marcelino San Eugenio .... additional electrician (as Marcelo San Eugenio)
Alberto Sánchez Beltrán .... electrician (as Alberto Sánchez)
Ramón Sánchez .... second camera operator: Galicia
Ramón Sánchez .... steadicam operator: Galicia
Klaus Track .... hd tech: additional
Xose Tubio .... electrician: Galicia (as Xose M. Tubío)
Guillermo Vázquez .... second assistant camera: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sonia Capilla .... additional seamstress
Miguel Cervera .... costume assistant
Jean-Paul Gaultier .... selected wardrobe
Sonia Isla .... assistant costume designer
Joaquín Montull .... assistant costume designer
Rosa María Pérez .... seamstress (as Rosa Mª Pérez)
Clotilde Vaello .... seamstress: Galicia
Virginia Vera .... costume assistant
 
Editorial Department
Chema Alba .... colorist
Diana G. Jimena .... second assistant editor
Marta Velasco .... first assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jo Buckley .... assistant orchestra contractor
Javier Casado .... music producer (as J. Casado)
Javier Casado .... musician
David Cerrejón .... assistant to the composer
José Luis Crespo .... score recording & mixing
Andrew Crowley .... musician (as Andy Crowley)
Fernando Favier .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil"
Joulien Ferrer .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil"
Emilio García Rivas .... music mixer assistant
Jake Gill .... music runner
Iván González Lewis .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil" (as Iván 'Melón' Lewis)
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestral contractor
Vicente Huerta .... musician
Alberto Iglesias .... music producer
Inoidel .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil"
Peter Lale .... musician
Evereth Nelson .... orchestra leader
Dany Noel .... chorus: "Se me hizo fácil" (as Dani Noel)
Dany Noel .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil" (as Dani Noel)
Anthony Pleeth .... musician
Carlitos Sarduy .... musician: "Se me hizo fácil"
Mary Scully .... musician
Bruce White .... viola
 
Transportation Department
Carlos Bautista .... driver: Antonio Banderas
Andrés García .... driver
Mateo Roycki .... driver: Pedro Almodóvar
 
Other crew
Alberto Alén .... location manager: Galicia
Rafa Bautista .... trainer (as Rafael Bautista)
Yuyi Beringola .... script supervisor
Gabi Díaz Bermejo .... production assistant
Lucilia Coelho .... production team
Covadonga R. Gamboa .... production coordinator
Lola García .... assistant to director
Mercedes González Barreira .... press assistant (as Mercedes Glez. Barreira)
Marina Hernando .... second production assistant (as Marina H. Molini)
Fernando Lueches .... assistant to director
Israel Mendoza .... second production assistant
Yuriria Montero .... cashier
Liliana Niespial .... international relations assistant
Rafael Pajares .... second production assistant (as Rafa Pajares)
Diego Pajuelo .... financial advisor
Deborah Palomo .... press
Marta R. Mahou .... yoga teacher
Federico Rozadillas .... first production assistant
María Talón .... cashier
 
Thanks
Louise Bourgeois .... thanks
Ignacio Orovio .... thanks
Gonzalo Suárez .... thanks
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"La piel que habito" - Spain (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Runtime:
120 min
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:MA15+ | Brazil:16 | Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Chile:18 | Germany:16 (f) | Hong Kong:III | Ireland:16 | Italy:VM14 | Japan:R15+ | Mexico:B15 | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R16 | Peru:14 | Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R

Did You Know?

Trivia:
One of the books in Vera's room is "Angel at My Table" by Janet Frame. This book is an autobiographical account of how she grew from someone, in the author's own words, "as sexless as a stick of wood", to an appreciation of her own sexuality. (The book is acknowledged in the credits.)See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Vera comes to the clothes shop in a taxi, the taxi is very clearly a Ford C-Max. However, in the next shot, when the reflection of the car is visible in the in the window pane as it drives away, it's a Volkswagen Jetta.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Marilia:[to servant] Help me with the dumbwaiter.
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Movie Connections:
References Doctor X (1932)See more »
Soundtrack:
Por el amor de amarSee more »

FAQ

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58 out of 75 people found the following review useful.
A full-on masterpiece., 10 December 2011
Author: Rockwell_Cronenberg from United States

Pedro Almodovar has created a daring and entirely unique masterpiece, a word that I do not use lightly or often. The Skin I Live In has a lot that of aspects that feel very Almodovar, but there's also a lot of Cronenberg here as well, and with the latter being my favorite director it's no surprise that I fell in love with it quickly. The film is a startling, wild study into a world of obsession, revenge and the complexities of the human flesh. Almodovar has really outdone himself here, crafting a tale of wicked intensity and rarely met eccentricity.

The structure here is one of it's more interesting aspects and yet another film this year that isn't told in a strictly linear fashion. We first meet Doctor Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) in the present day, as he works tirelessly on perfecting a new skin for his subject, the young and beautiful Vera (Elena Anaya). Almodovar establishes us in this present day world, complete with a very Almodovar subplot (a man in a tiger suit comes to the house and brings some trouble) and a lot of baggage for Ledgard. We get to know these people, become intrigued by what brought them to their current state and that we jump back six years to explore this character further.

It's a surprising jump and I must admit that it got me off guard at first, but as we spend more and more time in the past building up to the present I slowly came to terms with what Almodovar was doing. He gave us a stake in the present day world so that when he took us into the past it becomes about more than just laying out the facts. We already have a perception on Ledgard and a curiosity into understanding the events that bring him to where we met him, so the film becomes as much of a fascinating game of putting these puzzle pieces together as it is a character study and all-around masterwork of high drama.

Slowly the pieces start to come together and I found myself constantly trying to figure out what happened in this world, how these events in the past connect to the present day we were introduced to. When we finally get our answer...stunned...amazed...jaw-unhinged...none of these words can even begin to describe what happened to my mind. This is a twist that doesn't exist for shock value by any means but absolutely sent me to the floor, one of the most shocking and unexpected moves in cinema history as far as I'm concerned. It threw me for a major loop and everything I had come to perceive about these characters and their world was altered in an instant. Everything became a thousand times more fascinating and complex with the use of one simple word.

As I said before, this is a piece of the most miraculous and bold high-drama, a world where anything is possible but nothing feels out of place. That is perhaps the most shocking aspect of the film itself, that Almodovar gives us a story filled to the brim with melodrama but none of it feels contrived or too weird or too much. Everything feels totally natural and believable in the world that Almodovar establishes for us. His ability to make this happen is nothing short of extraordinary. Of course he doesn't do it alone and there are a lot of other aspects to the film that contribute to making it work on every conceivable level, to bring us into this incredible world.

Of course there are the performances, which are just a dream on their own. I've never been a fan of Antonio Banderas and I've honestly been hesitant to watch films just based on his involvement, but he delivers something here that I never knew he was capable of. Ledgard is an incredibly difficult character to pull off because our perception of him changes drastically throughout the film, but Banderas masters it without a single hitch. There was never a false move, never a moment where I didn't believe this character was capable of doing what he was doing. He is charming, intelligent, deranged and intimidating, unfolding layer after layer as we go on. It's a remarkable achievement in both character and performance. The other performances work very well to support Banderas and Almodovar's work here, particularly from the absolutely gorgeous Elena Anaya. She is all things sympathetic, manic, intriguing and sensual and when we come back to the present day after understanding what brought her to this place, she takes on a whole new life of internal chaos and complexity. For all of her outward expression it becomes a very internal performance and she is sensational here.

The technical aspects are all on key, all of them impressing without taking the spotlight away from the story, but the one thing that really left a mark was the phenomenal score. If it wasn't for Hanna, this score would be a runaway victory for my personal win right now. Rarely have I seen music so well-utilized for the atmosphere a director strives to establish. The high-wire drama meets it's ally with this music, a soaring operatic work that brings us into this world so completely. It swept me away and completely engulfed me in this world that Almodovar established. The score is a perfect fit for the film because it captures exactly what the overall product is; a brilliant and original opera of miraculous proportions. This is one of those films that I wasn't expecting a lot from and it just blew me away at every level.

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