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

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***NOTE: Many of the comments on this page give away major spoilers for the movie. Do not read the following lists of nudity/violence/etc. if you don't want major plot points given away. Spoiler-free summary - The movie is not suitable for under 14s due to very adult themes.***


A man hears the moaning sounds of sex and walks into a garden where multiple young men and teen girls are engaged in various sexual activities:

We see a teen girl performing oral sex on a young man in the dark as another young man has sex with her from behind, actively thrusting (no nudity is visible); another teen girl is seen performing oral sex on a young man (no nudity is visible); and a young man and a young woman are seen lying on the ground with the young man thrusting on top of the young woman (no nudity is visible).

A man forces himself on top of a woman who is wearing a flesh-colored bodysuit, he rips off the chest of the bodysuit, gropes the woman's breasts and forcefully licks and kisses the woman's face as she tries to pull away; the man lifts up the woman and crudely tells her they are going to have intercourse and carries her away (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details).

A man watches a CCTV of a woman wearing a flesh-colored bodysuit and he licks the television in a sexual manner as his mother watches in horror.

A man cups the bare breasts of a woman, remarking on their shape.

A man pulls down his tight spandex pants, we see his bare buttocks as he exposes it to a CCTV that an older woman watches and she laughs.

A man tells another man that he will have to use expanders to ensure his new female genitalia heals properly and we see the man place progressively larger phallic-shaped dilators on a table.

A man confronts another man about raping his daughter and the man claims that it was not against the teen girl's will.

Two men discuss gender reassignment surgery in detail; one man tells the other that he had performed gender reassignment surgery on a young man and that he now performs in "porn movies."

A teen girl takes off her sweater and playfully tells a young man that she could "go naked all the time"; the young man responds that he will leave the teen girl naked.


A man shoots another man who is raping a woman. Blood pools out of his bottom and chest and then a bullet pierces his head causing blood and brain matter to splatter out.

A woman shoots a man (blood appears on his chest).

A woman shoots another woman. Blood pools around her as she lies on the floor.

A woman draws a large kitchen knife across her own neck. Blood pools out and a large gaping wound appears.

A woman holds her adult son at gunpoint, telling him that he has to leave.

A man threatens his mother, saying that he will kill her if she screams when he removes a gag from her mouth; he removes the gag, the woman gasps for air and he shoves the rag back into her mouth.

A man forces his way through a doorway against the objections of his mother. What?

A woman elbows a man in the crotch, runs away and locks the man in the room behind her; the man gets up and chases the woman; she is holding a large kitchen knife and shouts at the man.

A woman is screaming during sex which quickly turns into a semi-rape. Later the woman kills herself.

A woman is shown severely burned. She jumps out of a window and pools around a young child

The violence is very realistic and brutal


Note: all profanity is spoken in Spanish and most translated to English subtitles.

About 4 uses of Fuck, 4 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 6 anatomical terms, 7 mild obscenities.

2 uses of Cunt in a sexual context


A group of teen girls and young men are seen smoking marijuana cigarettes.

A man and woman smoke an opium pipe.

A man offers a woman a pill that he says would make her feel sexual and he then takes it.

An older woman dissolves a pill from a prescription pill bottle into a glass of orange juice and it is later taken by another woman.

A man uses an unidentified chemical on a towel to cause a man to pass out.

A woman tells a man that he takes too many drugs.

An older woman tells a woman that her son started transporting drugs when he was seven years old.

Men and women, teen boys and teen girls and young men and women are seen drinking on multiple occasions, including at a party and a conference.

A man is seen having wine with dinner and drinking liquor at a bar.

Characters smoke cigarettes in the film.


This film is disturbing both visually and psychologically.

There are many violent moments.

Some scenes are extremely intense for example the rape scene, the ending, and a suicide

The twist is absoloutely shocking and the build-up is extremely intense


OFFICIAL BBFC - (15): strong sex, sexual violence, brief gore, very strong language.

Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
Argentina:16 / Australia:MA15+ / Brazil:16 / Canada:18A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Nova Scotia/Ontario) / Canada:13+ (Quebec) / Chile:18 / Czech Republic:15 / Denmark:15 / Finland:K-16 / France:Tous publics (with warning) / Germany:16 (f) / Hong Kong:III / Hungary:16 / Ireland:16 (theatrical rating) / Ireland:18 (video rating) / Italy:VM14 / Japan:R15+ / Mexico:B15 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:R16 / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Portugal:M/16 (Qualidade) / Russia:16+ / Singapore:R21 / South Korea:18 / Spain:16 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / UK:15 / USA:R

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