The Skin that I Inhabit or The Skin I Live In (original title: La piel que habito).
Based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel “Mygale”, this revenge tale tells the story of a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter.
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Writers: Pedro Almodóvar (screenplay), Thierry Jonquet (based on the novel by)
Stars: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Marisa Paredes
Production Co: El Deseo S.A. , Sony Pictures Classics (theatrical)
Release Date: 19 May 2011 (France) (Cannes Film Festival)
Release Date: 18 November 2011 (USA)
Storyline – Plot – Summary
Based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula, The Skin I Live In tells the story of a surgeon who tries to save the life of his wife by creating a new skin. Almodóvar describes the film as “a horror story without screams or frights”
|José Luis Gómez|
Cannes Review: The Skin I Live In
Director Pedro Almodóvar is a true master at weaving multiple relationship threads and themes in a seemingly nonchalant fashion. His ability of control seems uncanny, and it is further exemplified in his new psychologically disturbing film The Skin I Live In.
Despite being labeled a horror film, Almodóvar is careful to not indulge in any excessive blood or violence, which is smart for his target audience familiar with his style, who have grown to love his intricately designed films and richly nuanced characters. By exploring themes of sexuality and identity, Almodóvar has taken an innately disturbing story and made it his own by adding the trademarks of his cinematic flair that make his films so enjoyable.
Based on Thierry Jonquet‘s novel Tarantula, it is a deeply unsettling examination of revenge and obsession. Starring Antonio Banderas, who the director has not worked with for nearly 21 years despite making many of his early films with him, as Dr. Robert Ledgard a disturbed, yet brilliant plastic surgeon.
Ever since the death of his wife in a car accident, he has been desperately obsessed with creating a new kind of skin that can withstand devastating burns. His test subject is a prisoner in his mansion by the name of Vera Cruz, played by Sex and Lucía starlet Elena Anaya, who also starred in Almodóvar’s Talk to Her. She wears an odd skin-tight bodysuit while doing yoga in her sealed off room. The reasons for her captivity are not clear from the get go, but her beauty and mannerisms hide a deep rooted pain that all stems from the twisted experiments conducted by Dr. Ledgard… (Read more)
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