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Live Flesh (1997)

Carne trémula (original title)
R | | Drama | 16 January 1998 (USA)
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After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

Director:

Pedro Almodóvar (as Pedro Almodovar)

Writers:

Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Jorge Guerricaechevarría (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria) | 2 more credits »
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 11 wins & 13 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Javier Bardem ... David de Paz
Francesca Neri ... Elena Benedetti
Liberto Rabal ... Víctor Plaza
Ángela Molina ... Clara (as Angela Molina)
José Sancho ... Sancho (as Jose Sancho)
Penélope Cruz ... Isabel Plaza Caballero (as Penelope Cruz)
Pilar Bardem ... Doña Centro de Mesa
Álex Angulo ... Conductor del autobús (as Alex Angulo)
Mariola Fuentes ... Clementina
Yael Be Yael Be ... Chica
Josep Molins Josep Molins ... Josep
Daniel Lanchas Daniel Lanchas ... Conductor
María Rosenfeldt María Rosenfeldt ... Niña (as Maria Rosenfeldt)
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Storyline

Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and doesn't want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and older Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes off.. Four years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he's married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Life, love, desire...and everything in between.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Italian | Bulgarian

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Live Flesh See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,558, 19 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,535,558, 5 April 1998
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The literal translation of the Spanish title is "trembling flesh". See more »

Quotes

Sancho: You're aiming at your superior!
David: No, I'm aiming at a lunatic and a drunk!
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Features The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) See more »

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Ay mi perro
Written by J. del Valls Domínguez, Manuel Gordillo (as Manuel Gordillo Ladrón de Guevara)) and Augusto Algueró (as A. Algueró Algueró)
Edited by Canciones del Mundo, S.A.
Courtesy of BMG Music Spain, S.A.
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A heart-throbbing thriller of a love and lust pentagon
4 March 2009 | by Mancic2000See all my reviews

Once again, Almodovar doesn not fail to demonstrate his masterful skills in casting intricate webs of human relationships of lust and love and his superb cinematic story-telling.

In the very limited timeframe of slightly longer than one and a half hour, the audience is treated to a fast-paced and mysterious love pentagon which stems from one person to another person and which eventually cast a web tangling the five main characters inexplicably. The conflicts between love and lust, guilt and innocence, love and sympathy, trust and control, an old, dark and cynical police state of Spain and a brave, outspoken and contemporary Spain……all fused into a melting pot of a heart-throbbing and colourful romance thriller.

One of the less flamboyant but more accessible piece from Almodovar.


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