#206 / 365 – ‘The Skin I Live In’ – 117 mins
Cinema Challenge #81 / 115
Suave plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a man on a mission. Ever since his wife was hideously burned in a car accident, he has devoted himself to developing a synthetic skin that could have saved her life. And he’s not prepared to let professional ethics get in his way. But who is the mysterious Vera (Elena Anaya), wrapped in a skin-coloured body stocking and confined in Ledgard’s mansion
In a summer of movie disappointments, it was refreshing to encompass an intriguing, original and meticulously paced thriller that covers relationships and sexual identity. At times the Skin I Live In offers minimalist dialogue, as it tends to switch into a formalised melodrama. Nonetheless the film is superbly acted and has a number of delirious twists and turns against an exquisite score, and offers a number of surreal moments to keep the audience contained for two hours.