The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In

Antonio Banderas reunites with acclaimed director Pedro Almodovar (Talk to Her) to star in this skin-crawling Spanish thriller. Based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet. Winner of Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 BAFTAs.

A brilliant plastic surgeon (Banderas), haunted by death of his wife 12 years ealier, develops a synthetic skin capable of withstanding all damage. When his research is judged to be unconscionable, he kidnaps a young woman (Elena Anaya, Van Helsing) and keeps her captive in his house in order to continue the experiments.

Best Film (Not In The English Language) at the 2012 BAFTAs.
2011Rating: R16, contains violence, sexual violence & sex scenes121 minsSpainSpanish with English Subtitles
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The Skin I Live In / Reviews

Variety

Variety

Almodovar has taken an ice-cold psychological thriller and performed some stylistic surgery of his own, adding broad comic relief, overripe melodrama, outrageous asides and zesty girl-power uplift.

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Total Film

Total Film

Hitchcock never quite went that far – but you suspect he’d have admired Almodóvar’s balls.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

An existential mystery, a melodramatic thriller, a medical horror film or just a polymorphous extravaganza. In other words, it's an Almodóvar movie with all the attendant gifts that implies: lapidary technique, calculated perversity, intelligent wit.

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Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

Though I usually take pleasure in Almodovar's sexy darkness, this film induces queasiness.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

Though Almodóvar has retained the creep factor of his source material, he hasn't fully embraced its darkness.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Like many lab experiments, this melodramatic hybrid makes for an unstable fusion.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

The year’s classiest horror movie.

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