Skin I Live In, The ( piel que habito, La ) Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 4713

Average Rating: 2.7/4

# of Ratings: 54

Theatrical Release Date: 10/14/2011

Language: Spanish

Genre: Drama

MPAA Rating: R

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Marisa Paredes, Bárbara Lennie, Jan Cornet

Plot: Based on the book Mygale by Thierry Jonquet - a plastic surgeon plots his revenge against the men responsible for raping his daughter. -- Chris Kavan

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 06/28/2021

Twisted, layered, and filmed with a signature eye for beauty, "The Skin I Live In" is Pedro Almodóvar's fusion of thriller and melodrama, which is something he's proven he can do quite well.

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Ivana - wrote on 06/25/2013

I think this movie could be hard if you are not open mind. Is a controversial with different morality, showing a desperate man taking advantage to his misfortune to improve his business and full his deep hole. But the victim never forgot who he was, with patience and good plan he could get free, but totally different. Impressive actors performance!

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MikePA - wrote on 10/06/2012

This is a sick one. Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In is a unique, oddly compelling movie. It's a revenge film that takes revenge to a different level. A strange level. Antonio Banderas and the rest of the cast all do fantastic jobs portraying each of their characters, and Almodovar serves them well with a good script and a stylistic direction. The film didn't quite grab me emotionally, but it was fun to watch a movie that dives deep into dark and twisted grounds. It's undeniably messed up, it's very dark, it occasionally gets under your skin (see what I did, there?), and it's for sure one of the better films of 2011. It's terrifically entertaining, and it's sticking with me. 3/4

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what use is melodrama with no substance?

suladf - wrote on 01/09/2012

What is it about Pedro Almodovar's films? All of them full of melodrama, highly saturated colours, and a complex non-linear storyline that slowly unravels before the audiences shocked eyes. This should make to be a an interesting, unforgettable story that lingers. Right? Yeah I suppose, but although all the trademark Almodovar themes there (LGBT themes, gorgeous, gorgeous cast members, betrayal, jealously blood-ties) it ceases to be any more poignant that the rest of his films.

With the exception of the beautiful cinematography, and wonderful performance from Banderas who manages to capture both terrifying and magical, menacing and fragile this seems like a rehash of things that he has done before. Almodovar relies on his past efforts to create a good, a very good movie but one that …

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The Skin I Live In

Allison - wrote on 10/14/2011

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The most interesting thing about Almodóvar's new film is how polarizing the reviews I read on IMDB are. It's his best film. His worst film. It's horror. It's definitely not horror. The only thing most people can agree on is the fluidity of the camerawork by Jose Luis Alcaine. In one scene, Marilia (Marisa Paredes) runs through the room at a sideways angle that confirms the urgency of the scene, in addition to being innovative and beautiful.

Perhaps this is Almodóvar's most unusual film. Oddly enough, the film takes place in the not so distant future (2012) and the not so far off past (six years ago). The comparisons to Georges Franju's Eyes Without a Face are not …

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