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Second Skin (1999)

Segunda piel (original title)
A doctor and a married man's extended affair affects the lives of not only the men involved but the wife as well.

Director:

Gerardo Vera

Writers:

Ángeles González Sinde, Gerardo Vera (original idea)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Javier Bardem ... Diego
Jordi Mollà ... Alberto (as Jordi Mollá)
Ariadna Gil ... Elena
Cecilia Roth ... Eva
Mercedes Sampietro ... Mª Elena
Javier Albalá Javier Albalá ... Rafael
Adrián Sac Adrián Sac ... Adrián
Cristina Espinosa Cristina Espinosa ... Ana Mari
Pilar Castro ... Neus
Ramiro Alonso Ramiro Alonso ... Oriol
Silvia Espigado Silvia Espigado ... Ingeniera
Carmen Grey Carmen Grey ... Enfermera
Ángela Rosal Ángela Rosal ... Tomasa
Luis B. Santiago Luis B. Santiago ... Aitor
Christian Queipo Christian Queipo ... Luis
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Storyline

Al enamorarnos, apostamos. Y es un juego demasiado íntimo para asimilar con facilidad el fracaso. Elena sabe que el enfriamiento que atraviesa su matrimonio no es algo temporal. Alberto , su marido, un joven y prestigioso ingeniero aeronáutico, acaba de entreabrir una nueva puerta y parece decidido a atravesarla con alguien que no es ella. Alberto no pretende fingir, sencillamente está desorientado. Quiere a su mujer y a su hijo, pero intuye que la pasión que le inspira Diego es algo más que deseo. Diego, traumatólogo en una clínica privada, es un hombre sin dobleces ni prejuicios que se tira de cabeza a la piscina del amor arriesgando en ello su estabilidad emocional y profesional, como le advierte su jefa y buena amiga, Eva. Los engaños, las escenas de dolor, y la desconfianza crecen, interponiéndose entre los tres amantes. La confrontación es inevitable, y la ruptura se acelera. Pero Elena no está dispuesta a ceder sin más. Después de echar un vistazo a la situación, tensa los ... Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

Un triangulo diferente

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content and some language | See all certifications »
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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

14 January 2000 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Second Skin See more »

Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

It was Rafael Azconas who encouraged director Gerardo Vera to make this movie. See more »

Connections

Features Twisted Obsession (1989) See more »

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Memé y el sr. Bobo
Written by Mike Porcel
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Wonderful & Worth Your Time
7 March 2008 | by ladewiSee all my reviews

The kaleidescope of images that make up the beautiful opening credits (which is probably the best opening I've seen in a long time) truly sets the tone for this film. And in this film ,just like a kaleidescope, the parts that make it up seem simple enough. You have the pretty wife, the cute kid, and the husband with a secret. You have the lover on the side, a handsome doctor. But this handsome Doctor Diego, played wonderfully by Javier Bardem, is having an affair with Alberto, the husband in the not so perfect marriage. But , just like the kaleidescope ,this is where the simplicity ends. We've all seen the films of people finding out, and coming to terms with their sexuality.That's what makes this film unique. It's not another "I'm discovering I'M Gay" picture. This movie doesn't follow that typical plot. The kaleidescope effect comes into play. You have to deal with a range of emotions that for me, at first, made me completely loath Alberto . The wife suspects, the wife finds out, yet Alberto's lies are too deeply woven in his psyche . And although Diego knows there's not something quite right, but because he's in love, he looks past them. He wants to believe he's not a fool.Alberto incessantly lies to both his wife, and his lover.The man is completely arrogant and self absorbed on every level. He is indifferent to his wife and Diego.Though his wife knows, he makes promises to her he can't keep. And he strings Diego along with more lies and distance, with complete disregard for the mans love for him.. I was completely hateful in regards to Alberto, but the more I thought about it..the more he came across to me as a man so desperately and selfishly in love with two people , and what each had to offer, that he actually couldn't fathom losing either one of them. The range of emotions, from love, betrayal , trust , and understanding are just a few of the emotions that come into play. I love how this movie isn't about being gay, but how one person can effect the lives of others with the tangled web of deception , that eventually effects and destroys exactly what one was trying to hold onto in the first place.I know many are disappointed with the conclusion of the story. But for me, I found the journey far more important to what was the obvious and inevitable outcome.Ohh..and the man on man sex scene...SMOKING HOT!


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