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In My Skin (2002)

Dans ma peau (original title)
Unrated | | Drama, Horror | 4 December 2002 (France)
A woman grows increasingly fascinated with her body after suffering a disfiguring accident.

Director:

Marina de Van

Writer:

Marina de Van
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Cast

Credited cast:
Marina de Van ... Esther
Laurent Lucas ... Vincent
Léa Drucker ... Sandrine
Thibault de Montalembert Thibault de Montalembert ... Daniel
Dominique Reymond Dominique Reymond ... La cliente
Bernard Alane ... Le client
Marc Rioufol ... Henri
François Lamotte François Lamotte ... Pierre
Adrien de Van Adrien de Van ... L'interne
Alain Rimoux Alain Rimoux ... Le pharmacien
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chantal Baroin Chantal Baroin ... Invitée
Caroline Brunner Caroline Brunner ... Serveuse
Wilfried Malori Wilfried Malori ... Nageur
Giovanni Portincasa Giovanni Portincasa
Damien Roussineau Damien Roussineau ... Nageur
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Storyline

Beautiful, and with a loving boyfriend by her side, the Parisian marketing consultant, Esther, is a successful young woman who seems satisfied with her life, until a profound laceration in her leg caught her attention. Indeed, underneath this elaborate façade, Esther conceals a more compulsive self, who, little by little, begins to develop an enthralling and equally compelling fascination for the taste of her flesh, burrowing deeper and deeper into an unknown realm of self-mutilation and dreadful cannibalistic pleasure. Now--as the blind primitive impulses devour Esther--her ever-growing fits of fetishistic self-consuming rage, inevitably, will become noticeable to everyone, and above all, to her worried boyfriend. However, he, too, stands powerless before troubled Esther's unsatisfied cravings. How deep must she cut to discover the truth? Written by Nick Riganas

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Some Truths Cut Deep.

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »
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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

4 December 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

In My Skin See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,572, 9 November 2003

Gross USA:

$31,046

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$52,231
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Highly original French horror...though not for all tastes
19 June 2008 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

In My Skin certainly has some problems; but one of these problems isn't originality, and while things such as a lack of a true plot formula and explanation for the central character's actions may put some viewers off, the film deserves huge credit for stepping out of the mainstream and delivering something a little different to what most film fans will be used to. France has emerged over the past few years as one of the major forces in modern horror cinema, and while this film can't really be judged on the same terms as some of its fellow gory French horrors; it surely does help to bolster the nation's position at the top of the pile. The film represents a big personal project for Marina de Van; who wrote, directs and stars in the film! The plot begins when the central characters injures her leg fairly badly at a party. She is confused by the fact that despite the injury, she didn't really feel any pain and it's not long before she begins experimenting with her body and pain tolerance; eventually becoming unable to refrain from slicing herself open.

The film is very different to the average mainstream horror and will not be well received in all circles. However, this certainly is a fascinating journey into a woman's 'discovery of herself' (for lack of a better term). The film does lack a defining point and becomes a voyeuristic look into what can only be described as the central character's disease. The film must then rely on its central character and set pieces, and the writer/director/lead actress definitely does deliver in this area. The film is not short on blood, but it's all used well and never feels gratuitous. The real power of the film comes from depicting the character's experiments on herself; I can generally stomach any amount of disgusting gore, but seeing the character here slice herself open had me squirming and that is testament both to the way we are made to care for the character and the very realistic way that the film is portrayed. The film is carried by the lead actress who is always the star despite some good supporting performances. Marina de Van can certainly be very proud of her work on this one! The appeal of this film can only go so far, but personally I loved it and will not hesitate to recommend that everyone at least gives it a look!


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