Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

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Pedro Almodovar's most mature and restrained film is a superbly structured melodrama about five people whose lives in modern Madrid are inextricably linked by a bullet fired in a police scuffle.

Rating: R (for strong sexuality, language and some drug content)
Genre: Art House & International, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Pedro Almodóvar, Ray Loriga, Jorge Guerricaechevarría
In Theaters:
On DVD: Apr 10, 2001
Runtime:
Goldwyn Films - Official Site

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as Victor

as Isabelle

as Sancho

as Dona Centro

as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (15)

The overall purpose of Live Flesh, the latest and reputedly most 'mature' work from Spanish bad-boy director Pedro Almodovar, remains engigmatic.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Like the gorgeous cinematography (which is used to good effect to eroticize a sex scene), this is all part of Almodovar's stylistic package. Never has it been more impressive than here, where everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
ReelViews
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I can only conclude that the people who think Flower and Live Flesh represent the new, mature Almodóvar think that his earlier pictures were immature.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Salon.com
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This is the first Almodovar movie that could be called boring.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
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Despite his erotic fixations, Pedro Almodóvar is the cinema's last true innocent.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Magazine/Vulture
Top Critic

Almodovar seems more assured here, confident that he can interest us without overt winking and tomfoolery.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

Javier Bardem, and Liberto Rabal, are easy on the eyes and make the movie worth watching. It's a mildly interesting story, somewhat predictable, and with its fair share of slow moments. And as is so often the case in Almodovar movies, the intense connection between characters is shown through melodrama...not character development. If you are a fan of Almodovar, you will enjoy this. I, apparently, am not really a fan. I don't think that I have really liked any of his movies too much.

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Cynthia S.

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½

Life, love, desire...and everything in between.

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Wahida K

Super Reviewer

½

I've only seen three other Almodovar movies and they all impressed me immensely, but Live Flesh is sort of a dud. The last thing I would call this, contrary to its Flixster page, is "restrained"; those telenovela moments that Almodovar is so good at concocting are pretty much the only thing keeping this movie alive. There are plenty of hysterical dramatic highlights, like a birth on a bus, an unhappy lover bombarding her husband with hairspray, a shootout in an apartment, and a terrifically bloody climax. The rest of the movie is inert and dramatically unchallenging, trying to bill itself as subdued, but let's call a spade a spade here. This is a prototype for Almodovar's later formula - a fusion of campy melodrama and quiet human introspection - but despite some strong ideas, this overarching story isn't strong enough to sustain said formula. It's too simple and sort of random; none of the characters seem to behave with much thought.

I dunno, I'm not too coherent about this one but I really didn't care for it. Maybe it's me.

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Drew Smith

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