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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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Trivia

Jorge Sanz was cast as Víctor. One week into shooting, director Pedro Almodóvar replaced him with Liberto Rabal. See more »

Goofs

Centro calls bus driver that she just met as "driver", but at one point she calls him by his name (Tony), although he hasn't told it her. 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

Referenced in The Art Thief (2019) 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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Mature but not tamed
2 June 1999 | by leandrosSee all my reviews

Almodovar has always been the king of kitsch, the naughty, the pervert (who isn't anyway?), the generator of endless dirty language conversations, the good the bad and the ugly of the movie world. Well, he seems to have grown mature, but not tamed in that sense. He probably will be strongly criticized for the oral sex scene, on grounds that he is abusing disabled individuals, just like he was almost damned by feminists because of the looong rape scene in Kika. Well, although he seems to have moved away from his bright colors and chaotic chasing sequences, and although Live Flesh is to the best of my knowledge the first movie where he openly praises the post-Franco era, it was as tasteful as its predecessors. And who can build up such a web of events and relations better than Almodovar does, anyway?


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Country:

Spain | France

Language:

Spanish | Italian | Bulgarian

Release Date:

16 January 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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