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I guess I'm not a fan of self mutilation like I thought I was. This is a very disturbing plot that is very unique. The execution is good, so I guess I'm just not a fan of the subject matter. Plus it felt like things got stupid at times between Ester and her partner. It's categorized as horror but it's not really a horror. More psychological and gory. If you're into self mutilation, this is for you. Anyone else may have a tough time with it.
Intense but vain concept, it tells you a story but it never makes you relate with the character and her emotions or the lack of them...
Highly original French horror...though not for all tastes--This one gets under your skin...One of the first real French sickies!!
I have watched a lot of disturbing movies but this might be at the top of the list.
A bizarre and disturbing movie very much reminiscent of David Cronenberg's work. It's strangely captivating and keeps pulling surprises, climaxing at the absolutely brilliant dinner scene. Unfortunately it somewhat loses direction towards the end, and leaves you with a feeling that the story is somehow incomplete.
A woman becomes dangerously obsessed with her body after a disfiguring accident. De Van's eccentric and even aggressive body horror film will certainly split audiences in half - mostly because of its visual explicitness. However, what is most daunting about the film is that the uncomfortable and disgusting gory sequences are quite length and sometimes pad the lack of a rewarding plot, also concealing its simplicity. In My Skin is not particularly remarkable as an experimental work either - its parallel meaning and comments of self destructive vices, which are implied within the storyline, aren't very challenging.
One of a kind film. This is how it feels to lose control and lose your mind to anxiety and depression.
Evidently hailed by some as the greatest horror movie of all time. And I don't mean ghosts and the like. This is a woman who, after an accidental injury to her leg, becomes quite psychologically tortured. Add in the fact that it's a European film, with no real check on gratuitous gore, and you've got yourself a horror movie.
There are some interesting aspects to the movie. In short, she woman takes cutting to the next level and even begins eating her own flesh. Seems like a pretty deep-seated affliction, so why did it start only after the accident? Even then, it is an interesting type of dissociative disorder...to the point where sometimes cannot feel her limbs.
In all though, she is not necessarily a sympathetic figure. The movie does not make her out to be one (the lead female wrote and directed it as well, so it's her story to tell the way she wants). But maybe the gore goes a little too far, maybe the plot feels a little too pointless. I think if you frame that kind of gore with a better story she could have really ratcheted up the ratings. As is, it's more or less torture porn, but since she's doing it to herself, I fail to see the real horror.
this movie was strange and ultimately pointless. i think it was almost entirely undeveloped beyond the initial concept of "a woman eating her flesh". the characters were completely undeveloped as was the plot (if you can even call what happened "plot"). we never understood why this woman was obsessed with cutting herself so we couldn't get into the movie - we were on the outside looking in, and couldn't connect with her in any way. the other characters and relationships were also very one-dimensional. in terms of plot, the story seemed to lack cause-and-effect - the actions seemed random and arbitrary and on the whole unmotivated, making the film feel pointless and inconsequential. the ending as well was a huge letdown - it almost felt as if the filmmakers didn't know how to end it and didn't want to be bothered to even think about it, so they left it to the audience. I'm all for open-endings, but only when they're done to serve the story, and only when the filmmakers have a clear idea of what they want to convey through it.
While for the most part I found de Van's directing to be quite good, this film just got too weird for my tastes.