Live Flesh (Carne trémula) (1998)

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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
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Cast

Liberto Rabal
as Victor
Penelope Cruz
as Isabelle
José Sancho
as Sancho
Pilar Bardem
as Dona Centro
Álex Angulo
as Bus Driver
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Critic Reviews for Live Flesh (Carne trémula)

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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The overall purpose of Live Flesh, the latest and reputedly most 'mature' work from Spanish bad-boy director Pedro Almodovar, remains engigmatic.

April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
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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.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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½

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

Wahida K
Wahida K

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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.

Drew Smith
Drew Smith

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