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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 gifted plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas) exacts revenge on the young man who assaulted his daughter. A shocking tale of retribution and obsession from Oscar-winning filmmaker Pedro Almodovar.
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.
The Skin I Live In -- A clip from The Skin I Live In.
The Skin I Live In -- Featurette: Premiere
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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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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  (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
James A. Puig .... dolby consultant (as Jaume Puig)
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
Manuel Beccaro .... special effects assistant
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
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
Lucía Faraig .... still photographer
Ezequiel Fernández .... additional electrician
Carlos García .... additional electrician
José Haro .... still photographer
Ígor Iglesias .... video assist
Aarón López .... first assistant a 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 .... digital intermediate 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)
Fiona Cruickshank .... score recordist
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
Roberto Perez Antolin .... marketing executive
Marta R. Mahou .... yoga teacher
Federico Rozadillas .... first production assistant
María Talón .... cashier
Louise Bourgeois .... thanks
Ignacio Orovio .... thanks
Gonzalo Suárez .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"La piel que habito" - Spain (original title)
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Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
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

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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 »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): When Doctor Robert Ledgard and his colleague are preparing themselves for the surgery they wear sterile gloves and then tie each other clothes from the back, that is considered non sterile, so they will contaminate the surgery.See more »
[first lines]
Marilia:[to servant] Help me with the dumbwaiter.
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85 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
It will make your skin crawl..., 25 August 2011
Author: the_rattlesnake25 from Sheffield, UK

Pedro Almodovar is not a conventional filmmaker by any means. His films openly explore subjects many acclaimed directors fear to tread and absorb in their whole entire careers, but what is always guaranteed with Almodovar is a sense of wonderment and the unexpected, and 'The Skin I Live In' ('La piel que habito') is no different. Based briefly on Thierry Jonquet's 2003 novel 'Mygale,' Almodovar's latest film is a delightful and refreshing combination of multiple genres including drama, thriller and body horror. It's shockingly sincere, beautifully horrifying and has an appeal that will keep the audiences eyes locked towards the events on-screen until the final credits roll.

Dr Robert Lesgard (Antonio Banderas) is a renowned surgeon who is attempting to achieve a breakthrough in bio-medical sciences by creating a synthetic skin through transgenisis. Classified as a horrific mutation by some, and acknowledged by Robert as an innovation, his experiments come at a price. His human test subject is a beautiful woman named Vera (Elena Anaya) who is contained within his home, and cared for by his head servant Marilia (Marisa Paredes). Vera is not like other women, she wears a skin-coloured suit made out of fabric instead of clothes, she is constantly watched by Robert and Marilia, and she never leaves her room, which only Robert himself holds the key too. What follows is a startling journey of discovery as the narrative unravels a story of disturbing past, present and future events; transforming the lives of all those involved.

Beginning in Toldeo in 2012, Almodovar utilizes a constantly underused and under-appreciated device in the nonlinear narrative. He provides the audience with one perception of each character before returning in flashback during the second act to six years previously where further events are explained and through this, the audience's initial observations of the characters become undermined and drastically altered. He then digresses between past and present at will building a comprehensive picture of each character involved as the story develops revealing some startling and disturbing discoveries. This decision to structure the film in this way, also adequately supplements Almodovar's need to explore his key themes including sexual identity, and the nature of the moral of ethics of the human soul after it has been literally stripped bare.

Coupled with the beautiful cinematography from Almodovar's long-time collaborator Jose Luis Alcaine and an original and complimentary score by Alberto Iglesias, 'The Skin I Live In' also becomes an example of technically proficient filmmaking which works alongside the performances of the likes of Banderas and Anaya, as well as the slickly written script which keeps the audience on their toes until the final curtain has been dropped. Pedro Almodovar is undoubtedly one of the most successful auteurs of the last few decades, and with 'The Skin I Live In' he shows that he can almost touch upon a new genre, in the form of body horror genre-hybrid, whilst also retaining all the previous elements, themes and techniques which have made his films the deep-seated critically successful films that they are.

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