‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 242


#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.

The Skin I Live In should be appreciated as a gorgeously painted work of art from Pedro Almodóvar, even if it doesn’t offer repeatable viewing.


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2 Responses to ‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 242

  1. Scott Lawlor says:

    I keep hearing good things about this film. I am going to have to get off my bottom and see it hey?

    • You should definitely seek it out, like I said even if its for a one-time experirence!
      If you liked ‘Black Swan’ ? then you should like this, saying that Black Swan messed with my head more than this!

      As always matey thanks for your comment.

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