The Skin I Live In (2011)
Critic Consensus: The Skin I Live In lacks Almodovar's famously charged romance, replaced with a wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable detour into arthouse ick.
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|Rating:||R (for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language)|
|Genre:||Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense|
|Directed By:||Pedro Almodóvar|
|Written By:||Thierry Jonquet, Pedro Almodóvar, Agustin Almodovar|
|In Theaters:||Oct 14, 2011 Limited|
|On DVD:||Mar 6, 2012|
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Critic Reviews for The Skin I Live In
"The Skin I Live In" fails because it doesn't have a moral or anything else to say in spite of its self-seriousness.
Almodóvar has a body of work as rigorously personal as any out there, and, even with its flaws, he wears this latest Skin rather well.
Despite the typically invigorating sense of line and framing, The Skin I Live In withholds the director's customary satisfactions and affirmations. The result is a saga of obsession that, in its saturnine undertone, maintains a hard-to-enjoy integrity.
This is a lush, deeply pleasurable film to experience on a sensory level; Almodovar couldn't produce a boring frame if he left the lens cap on.
Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In, a terrific, twisty thriller that is one of the filmmaker's best and one of the year's best films.
Audience Reviews for The Skin I Live In
Almodóvar's incursion into psychological horror is this fascinating, extremely disturbing and even terrifying story about insanity, desire and obsession, and I can say it grabbed me interested from the first scene to the last - and the best thing to do is to see it without knowing anything about it.
A surgeon works on skin replacement for a woman that he mysteriously keeps locked in his house.
Pedro Almodovar has always made weird films that challenge traditional conceptions of sexuality and gender with multiple, intersecting characters, but what has been his weakness in my view was the degree to which the stories interconnect to form a fluid narrative or consistent theme. The Skin I Live In is his best film because it has a fantastic, fluid narrative that unfolds deftly. It's full of surprises and the twists come logically and unexpectedly. Disturbing to the core, Almodovar once again seeks to problematize traditional points of view. What's more, I loved his use of "show" details -- actions that characters perform that tell us about their inner life -- and when Robert's daughter climbs in the closet, I couldn't think of a better way to show her devastation.
Antonio Banderas is at his best, evil -- staring over his eyebrows -- when he needs to be and even charming at times, and one of my favorite Spanish actresses, Elena Anaya, gives an astounding performance.
Overall, if you only see one Almodovar film, make it this one -- just don't bring your sensibilities or the children.
The women of Almodovar! Mesmerising.. All the ingredients of a typical Almodovar are present. Those who've seen some of his movies will know what I mean.
The Skin I Live In Quotes
|Robert Ledgard:||What's going on?|
|Vera:||I'm going to kill you.|
|Robert Ledgard:||This is a joke, right?|
|Vera:||Call it what you want.|
|Robert Ledgard:||But you promised!|
|Vicente:||Why did you shave me?|
|Robert Ledgard:||That's a good question. [suffocates Vicente with aftershave]|
|Robert Ledgard:||But you promised..|
|Norma:||Oh boy, what a wonderful day...|
|Vicente:||Give me all your money, quick!|
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