The Skin I Live In (2011)

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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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Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a further three things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...-- (C) Sony
Rating:
R (for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language)
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Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Antonio Banderas
as Robert Ledgard
Marisa Paredes
as Marilia
Jan Cornet
as Vicente
Eduard Fernández
as Fulgencio
Susi Sánchez
as Vicente's Mother
Bárbara Lennie
as Cristina
Fernando Cayo
as Doctor
José Luis Gómez
as President of the Biotechnology Institute
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Critic Reviews for The Skin I Live In

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (45)

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Full Review… | February 17, 2012
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Few filmmakers are more assured or alluring, even when we fear we're following a monster.

Full Review… | November 22, 2011
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Top Critic

There are few filmmakers -- David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen -- who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodóvar could have made The Skin I Live In. And that's high compliment.

Full Review… | November 18, 2011
Detroit News
Top Critic

These are questions one is left with -- and that's not an entirely satisfying feeling. Yet it's hard not to be drawn into the story, and even more, into the gorgeous storytelling.

Full Review… | November 4, 2011
Denver Post
Top Critic

Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Variety
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Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.

Full Review… | November 3, 2011
Hollywood Reporter
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Audience Reviews for The Skin I Live In

½

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.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

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.

Jim Hunter
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Saskia D.
Saskia D.

Super Reviewer

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