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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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$13,399, 13 August 2006

Gross USA:

$1,785,901

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,785,901
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The movie begins in January 1970, the day when Francoist dictatorship declared the Exception Status. Actually, it was in January 1969. See more »

Goofs

The first scene is set in January 1970, during the Exception State, but the Exception State was actually in January 1969. 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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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

Whirl-y-reel 2
(Folk Police Mix)
Written by Simon Emmerson, Martin Russell and Davy Spillane
Performed by Afro Celts and The A.C. Sound System
Produced by Simon Emmerson
Published by Real World Music Ltd., EMI Virgin Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing
Copyright 1996 Real World Records Ltd.
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd., Carolina Records (North America)
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Almodovar prepared the ground
29 April 2003 | by DockelektroSee all my reviews

Curious, seeing this after the smash hits of "Todo Sobre Mi Madre" and "Hable con Ella", because this movie sort of prepared the viewers to what was coming. Grabbing a solid and original story, Pedro Almodovar creates a movie that revolves around a strange set of characters, and on the process gives an excellent essay on the effect time has on people's lives. All the actors are top notch, specially the commanding Javier Bardem, who would later become an Oscar nominee with "Before Night Falls". Great music, cinematography and direction give this movie an even more satisfying look, and make this a well-achieved movie that ends up being the first part of an unofficial trilogy of Almodovar's best works.


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