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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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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

Javier Bardem's mother Pilar plays the midwife who delivers Victor at the start of the film. 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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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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An excellent Almodovar's drama
12 May 2005 | by esteban1747See all my reviews

If you intend to see such a film, I warn you that you should not miss any scene if you really want to understand its intelligently arranged plot. Sometimes I see Almodovar as a kind of Victor Hugo of cinema because he makes various complicated scenes not coherently inserted in the film that you should put in order step by step. May be in this way the excitement increases and you will be more anxious to know the end of the film. Javier Bardem (David) played the role of ex-agent and ex-basketball player who was shot in fact accidentally. The Italian actress Francesca Neri is David's wife, and young Liberto Rabal is Victor, the man supposedly spoiling the lives of others, and strong lover. Love and sex scenes of the film are intense as if they were real. The behavior of the actors and actresses in the film is convincingly human, i.e. people having their merits and shortcomings in their lives, there is no fictitious models of behavior. Almodovar, as usual, tries to reflect the reality. There are many good dramas in cinema but this one is probably one of the best.


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