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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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 28 wins & 68 nominations. See more awards »

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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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Drama | Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Pedro Almodóvar worked on the screenplay for almost a decade, and what initially was an adaptation ended up being more of a story inspired by Thierry Jonquet's novel. See more »

Goofs

When Doctor Robert Ledgard is preparing the artificial skin for the surgery he grabs the scissors with his thumb and index fingers, every experienced surgeon uses thumb and ring finger for using that tool. See more »

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[first lines]
Marilia: [to servant] Help me with the dumbwaiter.
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.18 (2011) See more »

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Por el amor de amar
(Versión Castellana)
Written by Jean Manzon and José Toledo
Performed by / interpretada por CONCHA BUIKA (Buika), al piano Iván González Lewis (as Iván 'Melón' Lewis)
© 1960, by Jean Manzon & Jose Toledo.
Autorizado para todo el mundo a Universal Music Publishing, S.L.
Todos los derechos reservados.
Grabado en CATA (Madrid).
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An Intriguing and Dark Film of Revenge and Obsession
17 March 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Toledo, the scientist and surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is researching a synthetic skin capable to resist fire and any harm after the death of his beloved wife, who was burnt in a car accident. He is isolated in his mansion with his maid Marilia (Marisa Paredes) and his mysterious subject Vera Cruz (Elena Anaya), who is testing his experiment but is locked in her room.

After the assault of the thug Zeca (Roberto Álamo), who raped Vera, Robert has a nightmare with his daughter Norma (Blanca Suárez), who was raped in a party by the youngster Vicente (Jan Cornet) and committed suicide later. Robert plots a scheme to revenge his daughter that has begun with the abduction of Vicente. What is the connection between Vicente and Vera?

"La Piel que Habito" is an intriguing and dark film of revenge and obsession by Pedro Almodóvar that recalls George Franju's "Les Yeux Sans Visage" ("Eyes without a Face") but in a David Cronenberg's style.

It was very difficult for me to write the plot summary without spoilers since the screenplay is very well developed like a puzzle and the mystery is kept along most part of the story. The gorgeous Elena Anaya has a great performance in her ambiguous role. Antonio Banderas and Marisa Paredes are wonderful, as usual. Ending my review, I would like to write that even those viewers that have never seen a film by Almodóvar will enjoy "La Piel que Habito". My vote is nine.

Title (Brazil): "A Pele que Habito" ("The Skin I Live in")


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

2 September 2011 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

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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:

$33,678,406
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Dolby Digital

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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