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Live Flesh (1997)

Carne trémula (original title)
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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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Did You Know?

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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El rosario de mi madre
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If you like Almodóvar, you'll probably like this one.
29 March 1999 | by vidking-2See all my reviews

Almodóvar seems to be following the rule-"Stick to one thing and do it well." As usual he was able to create great characters and involve good symbolism based on a story which is full of ridiculously impossible coincidences and the sometimes predictable, but always irrational behavior of the characters.

As in some of his other films, the story involves characters who seem to be completely led by fate and always bound to their destinies. Each of the characters goes through a radical transformation in a relatively short period of time. In the end, noone is innocent and all are victims, but there is a romantic hope for a brighter future and a new start at life.

I liked the new set of actors and actresses that were cast, and I would hope to see them cast differently in another film


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