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The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito)

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Synopsis

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

Cast

  • Antonio Banderas
  • Elena Anaya
  • Marisa Paredes
  • Jan Cornet
  • Roberto Álamo
  • Eduard Fernández
  • José Luis Gómez
  • Blanca Suárez
  • Susi Sánchez
  • Bárbara Lennie

Did You Know?

Trivia

  • The man that goes to the dress shop to bring his wife's garments, is Agustín Almodóvar, producer of the film and brother of Pedro Almodóvar.
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Goofs

  • When Vera comes to the clothes shop in a taxi, the taxi is very clearly a Ford C-Max. However, in the next shot, when the reflection of the car is visible in the window pane as it drives away, it's a Volkswagen Jetta.
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Quotes

    • [last lines]
    • Madre de Vicente: Why are you crying?
    • Vera Cruz: I'm Vicente.
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Metacritic

88
Oct 13, 2011

Even when the film's frigid elegance, perfectly captured by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, becomes off-puttingly clinical, Almodóvar's passion burns through. The skin he lives in is alive to challenge no matter what warped form it takes.

Metacritic review by Peter Travers
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
50
Oct 10, 2011

Like many lab experiments, this melodramatic hybrid makes for an unstable fusion. Only someone as talented as Almodóvar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.

Metacritic review by Kirk Honeycutt
Kirk Honeycutt
The Hollywood Reporter