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The Skin I Live In (2011)

La piel que habito (original title)
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A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

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Pedro Almodóvar
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antonio Banderas ... Robert Ledgard
Elena Anaya ... Vera Cruz
Marisa Paredes ... Marilia
Jan Cornet ... Vicente
Roberto Álamo ... Zeca
Eduard Fernández ... Fulgencio
José Luis Gómez ... Presidente del Instituto de Biotecnología
Blanca Suárez ... Norma Ledgard
Susi Sánchez ... Madre de Vicente
Bárbara Lennie ... Cristina
Fernando Cayo ... Médico
Chema Ruiz ... Policía
Buika Buika ... Cantante (as Concha Buika)
Ana Mena Ana Mena ... Norma joven
Teresa Manresa Teresa Manresa ... Casilda Efraiz
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Storyline

In honor of his late wife who died in a flaming car accident, scientist, Dr. Robert Ledgard, is trying to synthesize the perfect skin which can withstand burns, cuts or any other kind of damage. As he gets closer to perfecting this skin on his flawless patient, the scientific community starts growing skeptical and his past is revealed that shows how his patient is closely linked to tragic events he would like to forget. Written by napierslogs

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Rated R for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Spain | USA

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

The Skin I Live In See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$223,119, 16 October 2011

Gross USA:

$3,185,812

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,842,353
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

One of the books in Vera's room is "Angel at My Table" by Janet Frame. This book is an autobiographical account of how she grew from someone, in the author's own words, "as sexless as a stick of wood", to an appreciation of her own sexuality. (The book is acknowledged in the credits.) See more »

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When Ledgard's colleagues come to his mansion to perform the operation, one of them arrives in the Mercedes-Benz E class coupe which came into production in 2010. But the operation took place in 2006. Vicente wrote after the operation dates from 2006 on the wall of his room. See more »

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Almodovar meets De Sade in The Skin I Live In.
28 December 2011 | by JimmyCollinsSee all my reviews

The Skin I Live In is really a film that should be seen by a very big audience, obviously it's a movie that probably doesn't appeal to a very big crowd, it appeals to an older crowd or a young hipster type crowd who enjoy foreign films. I have read the novella Tarantula that this is supposedly loosely based on, however I found that it followed the novel extremely closely, I thought a lot of the twists and stuff that were in the book would be taken out if the film but thankfully most are present and accounted for.

Antonio Banderas is so terrific as the leading man, he hasn't looked this great in screen in a long time, I think he seems more at home in his native language, and Elena Anaya is absolutely radiant on the big screen, her face just lights up the screen and she is absolutely exceptional in a very strange role. The story is really a bizarre one, it's seems like a less perverted De Sade and a more understandable David Lynch, it always takes you by surprise and it is highly original and also somewhat daring I think, and thank god a director like Almodovar decided to film it and not some silly director.

The cinematography and music is beautiful, the colours and textures in the film are picked up beautifully by the camera and the music is a great companion to each scene, it's so close to perfection in the production design department that i would go so far to say as I haven't seen a better looking film this year.

This movie is in my opinion the least accessible of all of Almodovar's films but I hope it doesn't put people off, as his touch and style is clear and present here. It's very different, strange, perverted, horrific, beautiful and always entertaining.

Enjoy :)


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