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Kira's skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. But then she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else's.

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Norbert Keil
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rebecca Forsythe ... Kira Mabon
Lucie Aron ... Sophia Demeraux
Barbara Crampton ... Dr. Rafaela Crober
Sean Knopp ... Jonas Swierczynski
Adnan Maral ... Dr. Czerny
Agnes Kiyomi Decker Agnes Kiyomi Decker ... Dr. Assistant
J. David Hinze ... Detective Loomis
Teresa Gluck Teresa Gluck ... Dr. Assistant
Daniel Holzberg Daniel Holzberg ... E.M.T.
Matthias Beier ... Security Guard #1
Laura Cuenca Serrano Laura Cuenca Serrano ... Waitress
Felix von Poser Felix von Poser ... Officer Myers
Lea Urban Lea Urban ... Marla (Trendy Young Woman #1)
Geneviève Boehmer Geneviève Boehmer ... Trendy Young Woman #2 (as Genevieve Boehmer)
Julia Mauracher Julia Mauracher ... Bathtub Woman
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Young and Beautiful Kira is afflicted with a strange disease: her skin starts to age rapidly, dry out and crumble away. When she discovers that she can replace her own skin with somebody else's, she has to choose: watch her own body wither and die - or give in to temptation - whatever the price. Written by Sparkling Pictures

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Country:

Germany | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 2017 (Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

A Substituição See more »

Filming Locations:

Toronto, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Dolby Digital

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Skin should not be repealed, because we need it.
18 October 2017 | by Dan Franzen (dfranzen70)See all my reviews

Replace is about a young woman (Rebecca Forsythe) who suddenly develops a fast-spreading skin condition (it looks like she's peeling) and desperately looks for a cure. At least that one aspect of the story. The young woman also has short-term memory loss and slight moments of distorted reality. She meets strangers who say they've already met, including a skin specialist. Is she going nuts? Or is she already there? Let me back up. When we first meet Kira, she's heading to the apartment of a man she met at a bar. They laugh, they flirt, she spends the night. When she wakes up, he's gone, and the skin condition appears. She tries scratching it and picking at it, as one is wont to do, which only makes matters worse. She visits a dermatologist (Barbara Crampton) who prescribes some medication "for the pain." But Kira discovers something really wacked, and completely by accident. She learns that if she peels off some affected skin and then applies someone else's skin to that spot, the new skin will adhere immediately to her body. This contradicts known medicine, as skin grafts can be a very lengthy and painful process. Has she found a cure for her malady? Lest one think this is just about a woman and her need for some good lotion, there's a mindbending twist, a psychological smack in the head for the viewer. It's too wonderful to explicate here, but in the great tradition of these thrillers, not all is what it seems. In fact, little is.

The final twist is perfect. Enough pieces fall into place that Kira's situation makes some sense, although not every question is answered neatly. The script is well written (by Norbert Keil and Richard Stanley), and Forsythe, Crampton, and Lucie Aron (as Kira's neighbor) turn in strong performances. Well made all around.


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