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The Skin I live in
- Director: Pedro Almodovar
- Release Date: Oct 2011
- Run Time: 117
- Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
The movie is set in Toledo, Spain and stars Antonio Banderas, who plays the role of Robert Ledgard, a talented plastic surgeon (who is rather eerie, I might add). Robert’s wife burns in a car crash and upon seeing herself in the mirror, she commits suicide. This begins Robert’s chilling experiment: creating human skin that cannot burn.
To do this he requires a test subject; Elena Anaya plays the role of Vera, a young female who he (Robert) holds captive for his human experiment. Twelve years later, his hard work and endless experiments pay off and finally his “burn-proof” skin is complete. He is greatly assisted by Marilia, his faithful caretaker since childhood. Dark secrets are revealed as the plot continues, and Robert is not spared from the twisted hand of fate. This is one of the rare breed of movies that has a very unpredictable twist at the end.
If you had the stomach for “the human centipede”, this would be an enjoyable movie for you. The cast are well chosen and play their roles to perfection. However, the plot is rather dark and disturbing with underlying themes of gender confusion and shocking secrets. Definitely not a mood up lifter as one dark scene follows another all the way to the end. It is a good movie to watch when you need confirmation that life is not worth living.
My advice? If you have to watch it, watch it and then follow it up with a good, hearty comedy to inject some life back into your soul.