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The Skin of the Wolf (2017)

Bajo la piel de lobo (original title)
TV-14 | | Drama | 6 July 2018 (USA)
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A highlander that lives alone in the mountains buys a wife to relieve his loneliness.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mario Casas ... Martinón
Irene Escolar ... Adela
Ruth Díaz ... Pascuala
Kandido Uranga ... Severino
Josean Bengoetxea Josean Bengoetxea ... Marcial
Armando Aguirre Armando Aguirre ... Ubaldo (voice)
Ainhoa Sánchez Ainhoa Sánchez ... Nora
Patricia Cid Patricia Cid ... Marina
Francisco Domínguez Francisco Domínguez ... Don Bernardo
Alfonso Giménez Alfonso Giménez ... Ayudante Alcalde
Laura Cuellar Laura Cuellar ... Fátima
Gustavo Sánchez Gustavo Sánchez ... Herrero
Adeline Berros Adeline Berros ... Mujer Ventana (as Adelina Berros)
Adrián Redruello Adrián Redruello ... Niño 1
Alejandro García Alejandro García ... Parroquiano 1


Late 19th century. Martinón is a man rude and of few words who lives in the high mountain, being the last person of a ghost town where he passes the days caring his house and hunting animals like deer and wolves. Alone and without a contact with other people along the year except when he downs to the nearest town to trade with the skins of the animals hunted, in one of these visits his friend Severino advise him about to have wife and create a family. Following the idea, Martinón makes a deal with Ubaldo, buying one of his daughters, Pascuala, to live with him in the mountains as his partner. While Pascuala tries to adapt herself to an environment hard and cold, Martinón patrols all days by the forest, wanting new preys to hunt. But Pascuala's health worse and finally dies, and Martinón realizes that the child she expected was of another man. Furious by the deceive, Martinón returns to the town claiming Ubaldo to recover the money and the skins sold. Unable to give him that he asks, ... Written by Chockys

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6 July 2018 (USA) See more »

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€1,700,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Irene Escolar replaced Laia Costa as a result of scheduling conflicts. See more »


Several references place the movie in the late 19th century and one reference places it in 1830. It is unlikely that there would be electric light bulbs hanging from the ceilings in a remote village in the Pyrenees in the late 19th century and certainly not in 1830. See more »

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Incredibly Powerful
16 July 2018 | by kevingibbinsSee all my reviews

This film blew me away. Not only was the cinematography exceptional, the score lent itself perfectly to the stark yet beautiful surrounds. Mario Casas played the mountain man perfectly, an uncultured and uncouth brute who intimidates all who come before him. A man out of time living in tune with wild nature. The film evokes the sense that the modern world is a veil, and that nature is a brutal yet beautiful mistress, it resonated with me because modern people have forgotten what is necessary to survive within the natural world. His constant work, his constant prowling, he leaps off the screen part animal and part man. He could be the earliest homo sapien living in the Paleolithic.

Yet in his one true friend in the village, in his small acts of affection, in his final act of mercy, and in his rare emotions, the viewer glimpses something which is uniquely human, both of nature and set apart from it. Despite his wild and solitary nature, his true heart is revealed in subtle and clever ways. Both director and actor carry this off masterfully. The only reason I don't give this 10/10 is because I thought that even a mountain man would recognize that verbal communication and affection were important, a small oversight in the screenplay imo, but all in this was a thought provoking, and quite touching insight into the human condition. If you enjoy thought provoking, beautifully shot and acted films which evoke real feeling, I recommend this.

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