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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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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:
After a few days of shooting, Pedro Almodóvar had a conversation with Antonio Banderas in which he told Banderas that he needed to drop all of his ticks as an actor, because the director wanted a really restrained character and the actor was playing him in a more typical psycho way.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 Eyes Without a Face (1960)See more »
Soundtrack:
Por el amor de amarSee more »

FAQ

How did Vera come to be a patient of Dr. Ledgard?
What is GAL?
How did Vera obtain the dress that proved her identity to Cristina?
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39 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Hitchcock Would Have Been Proud of This, 20 December 2011
Author: RichardSRussell-1 from United States

The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito, 2:00, R) — other: drama, 3rd string, original

Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has a just reputation for taking women seriously in his films. His latest effort (as usual in Spanish with English subtitles) is no exception, even tho he gives most of the screen time to his most accomplished discovery and frequent star, Antonio Banderas (seemingly one of the few Hispanic actors whom Americans will tolerate in a lead role), playing the brilliant and innovative plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard. This is a deadly serious role, in marked contrast to Banderas's other current star turn as the voice of Puss in Boots.

The female lead, Elena Anaya, plays Vera Cruz (yes), Ledgard's stunningly gorgeous patient, experimental subject, apparent captive, and … well, here Almodóvar (who co-wrote the screenplay with brother Agustín) gets a bit coy. Is she a manikin, an Eliza Doolittle to Ledgard's Henry Higgins, a Sabina Spielrein to his Carl Jung, possibly a creature to his Frankenstein? Or maybe none of the above? We know only that she seems devoted to him, tho he is unresponsive to her charms.

Vera is confined to the big bedroom, elegantly furnished, where she does her yoga exercises dressed in a flesh-colored body stocking. Ledgard has the only key to the room, and he always keeps her locked in. He himself stays in the smaller bedroom next door, where he watches her intently on a wall-sized video screen. All her food and other needs are delivered from the kitchen via a dumbwaiter, and she communicates with only 2 people: Robert in person, and the housekeeper via intercom.

Ledgard is a widower, and we see in flashback that his wife Gal suffered a terrible car accident and fire, leaving her horribly disfigured even after Robert's virtuoso surgical work and devoted care. But even after all his efforts, Gal is unable to stand her pain, weakness, and ugliness, and she commits suicide. Unfortunately, it's right in front of their tweenage dotter Norma (Blanca Suárez), who is driven into hysterics and a nervous breakdown by the sight.

Ledgard, as one of the world's leading reconstructive surgeons, does not lack for cash, so he devotes the next several years to his twin obsessions, coaxing his dotter back from the precipice of madness and developing a graftable artificial skin, which he somewhat ghoulishly dubs Gal, a combination of human and pig genes that's highly resistant to burns, cuts, and punctures. Such an epidermis would have saved his beloved wife, he reasons, and this alone justifies his transgressing the ethical boundaries against transgenics. (This is the only science-fictional element in the film, and it's not much of a stretch from what modern medicine is actually capable of doing, which is why I categorize it as essentially a psychodrama.)

There are 3 other characters of note: Ledgard's housekeeper Marilia (Marisa Paredes), an older woman with secrets of her own; her wastrel son Zeca (Roberto Álamo), who pays an unwelcome visit; and studly young Vicente (Jan Cornet), son of and apprentice to the local dressmaker, who takes a shine to now-teenage Norma as she shyly tries to work her way back into normal society.

We learn most of the above during the first half hour, which leaves us wondering just what on Earth is going on here. The remainder of the film slowly pulls aside one curtain after another to fill us in. And that is all I will say on the subject. You'll have to see the rest for yourself.

And you should.

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