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The Skin I Live In (2011) More at IMDbPro »La piel que habito (original title)

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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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Release Date:
17 August 2011 (Belgium) See more »
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Plot:
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 tour de force, as Almodóvar plunges into new philosophical depths 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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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): 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 »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Marilia:[to servant] Help me with the dumbwaiter.
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Movie Connections:
References Eyes Without a Face (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Shades of MarbleSee more »

FAQ

What is GAL?
How did Vera come to be a patient of Dr. Ledgard?
What is the bio-medical procedure Dr. Ledgard performs in his laboratories?
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76 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
A tour de force, as Almodóvar plunges into new philosophical depths, 12 September 2011
Author: Alex Guardiet from Spain

In his latest film Almodóvar takes a qualitative jump into new philosophical depths. His usual reflections on the nature of relationships and the consequence of one's actions take on a well- defined shape and advance forward with self-assurance.

The order in which the events of the story are told is a cunning device that allows the director to make us reflect on how superficially - indeed, skin-deep - we perceive reality and how quick we are to judge first impressions and jump to conclusions. What we first perceive one way, those initial scenes that slightly baffle us but which we nevertheless do not hesitate to judge in a specific way, take on a completely new meaning when the story pauses to take us back into the past in order to tell us about an important series of events that happened at the time which bear a direct relation to present events. The new light that is shed on the present changes completely our perception of the story as we had first witnessed it, which is a humbling experience. We are then taken back again to the present and continue watching the rest of the film, but with this completely new understanding of the real underlying motivations for the characters' actions. It is at this point that through a slight thriller-style twist in the plot the story takes on a Shakespearean dimension as it delivers its powerful humanist lesson that vengeance begets vengeance.

Food for thought, in fact enough food to last you days and feed other people, as you are left on the one hand wondering at the concept of skin: what we actually desire when we desire someone, whether all desire is skin-deep, whether the skin does not allow us to see the person behind. And on the other hand you are left with the reflection on how the road of vengeance leads only to self-destruction. When a film leaves you pondering so deeply, I can only conclude it is a great film.

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