Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

Critics Consensus

Live Flesh surveys the fallout from an act of violence with a mature melodrama that sees Pedro Almodóvar working in surprisingly restrained form.



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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.

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Liberto Rabal
as Víctor Plaza
Penelope Cruz
as Isabel Plaza Caballero
Pilar Bardem
as Doña Centro de Mesa
Álex Angulo
as Conductor del Autobús
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Critic Reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (12)

  • A single ricochet gunshot propels the plot and dramatically alters the lives of the quintet. The result is a vengeful, five-way battle of wits.

    Jan 9, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

    Mike Clark

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

    Apr 12, 2002 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Almodovar, whose work here has newly sophisticated polish, appreciates the dark twists of this story along with the eroticism that bring heat to all the scheming.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Full Review…
  • Almodovar seems more assured here, confident that he can interest us without overt winking and tomfoolery.

    Jan 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

  • Jul 18, 2016
    A Spanish melodrama about 5 people's lives being tangled in series of misunderstanding and deceit. I really enjoyed Almodovar's amazing storytelling techniques, the story itself was pretty darn complex too. Francesca Neri shone playing the seductive Elena while the overall ensemble had some strong chemistry. Some may enjoy the melodramatic ending while others may find it too telenovella-like.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2014
    Finally an incredible film from Almodóvar. Everything up to this point has failed to impress me considering how revered he is. When he can make a film like this I understand why critics like him. This is the first truly great film from Almodóvar.
    Jason 123 D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 04, 2011
    I don't have a lot to say about this movie. It's not one of Almodovar's best, but it's still a pretty damn good movie with some excellent acting. But it's probably not a movie that I'd ever watch again. It's really good, but there's nothing special about it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 12, 2011
    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.
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer

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