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In My Skin (Dans ma peau)

In My Skin (Dans ma peau) (2002)



Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 6

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Esther is an ambitious 30-year-old woman. One fateful night at a party, she seriously hurts her leg, however can't seem to feel the pain. This incident propels her toward the start of a self-destructive compulsion, and an exploration of a professional woman's descent into increasingly disturbing and obsessive acts of self-mutilation.


Drama, Horror, Art House & International

Marina de Van

Apr 20, 2004

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All Critics (44) | Top Critics (16) | Fresh (26) | Rotten (15) | DVD (5)

As it is, it's a silly, if simultaneously deadpan and stomach-churning, psychological portrait of one crazy lady.

June 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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All you're left with is a bloody mess, in more ways than one.

February 19, 2004 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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Like most stories about addiction, it turns into a bit of a bore.

February 5, 2004 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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A spellbinding, forceful film that refuses to be ignored.

December 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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As disquieting a portrait of psychosis as has ever spilled across the screen.

December 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A bloody mess.

November 28, 2003 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Unpleasant and irredeemable.

November 2, 2006

...without a single glimpse into what makes Esther tick, it's impossible to feel a single thing towards her except apathy.

May 17, 2004 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Infused with a keen sense of intelligence.

April 21, 2004 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An endless display of masochism that's hard to watch, even for the most stalwart filmgoer.

April 9, 2004 Full Review Source:

I'm not sure if the film is brutally honest or exploiting a tragic disorder. I felt drained when I left the theatre; the more I thought about it, the less satisfied I was.

February 20, 2004 Full Review Source:

Winds up seeming little more than a grisly exercise in well-calibrated acting and what one hopes are well-executed special effects.

February 17, 2004 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Unwatchable but not uninteresting.

December 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Marina de Van will be familiar to some as the screenwriter of François Ozon's 8 Women, but she's a revelation here, and a terrifically disturbing one at that.

December 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is a strange and twisted film, but perversely fascinating.

December 13, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

This gripping (or nauseating) film has power beyond its ideas.

December 12, 2003 Full Review Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego Union-Tribune

like a train wreck, you cannot take your eye (my other on was permanently shut at this point) off of In My Skin.

November 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

a fleshy, female companion piece to Laurent Cantet's Time Out.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

[T]hought-provoking, if you can sit through it...

November 11, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

The film explores serious issues of eroticism, control and women's relationships to their own bodies, and should be seen by anyone whose stomach is strong enough to withstand it.

November 7, 2003 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Audience Reviews for In My Skin (Dans ma peau)

In My Skin is a disturbing and very psychological film. It tells the story of a woman that injures herself at a party. Unaware of the severity of the leg wound, she doesn't discover it until later. She gets patched up, but is soon scratching away at the scars. What starts as morbid curiosity soon devolves into obsessional mutilation. The film focuses on self-mutilation in a very sickening way. This is a compulsion that can't be controlled. In typical horror fashion, it takes a serious and very real subject and amplifies it without becoming corny and gimmicky. It was interesting to see a woman destroy herself, which made it both tragic, but also strangely empowering. Overall I found it got to be a bit repetitive, and as the protagonist shoved away most people that cared for her, it just became a series of mutilations.
July 11, 2011

Super Reviewer

Morbidly interesting and gripping extreme French drama about a woman that becomes obsessed with her skin after recieving a nasty gash to her leg which triggers her to self harm to satisfy her cravings. It's really not for the squeamish at all and all the scenes of skin peeling and slicing were quite nauseating. It's a really well made film though by fearless female director Marina de Van, who also plays the lead and gives a brilliant performance that draws in sympathy as she struggles with her new found 'hobby', her love life and career. Despite its sickly nature I found this film quite fascinating and worth watching for those with strong stomachs.
March 19, 2011
Lee ?

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On a purely visceral level, In My Skin is incredibly disturbing, if only for the graphic scenes of self-mutilation. Once you get past that, well, it's still a disturbing film, thanks to Marina de Van's intense performance and expert direction. As Esther, de Van creates a complex character; does Esther hate her body or does she love it? Is she feeling disconnected from herself, or is she in tune with her body?

Being this is a foreign movie, it's impossible to imagine something like this coming out of Hollywood without seeming absurd. What American actress could pull off the role of Esther, who spends a large portion of screen time naked, eating her own flesh and drinking her own blood in self-cannibalistic communion, without provoking laughter? Angelina Jolie? Shit no. This kind of questioning cinema is beyond the abilities of not just Hollywood, but American independent cinema. Even the best of contemporary American indies, such as Requiem For A Dream, seem safe and banal compared to this.
February 3, 2009
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