Out this Week: The Skin I Live In

Spanish Oscar-winner Pedro Almodovar returns with a strange, Frankenstein-esque vengeance thriller.

Release date: 26 August 2011
Running time:
120 mins
Pedro Almodovar
Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suarez, Marisa Paredes

Suave plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a man on a mission. Ever since his wife was hideously burned in a car accident, he has devoted himself to developing a synthetic skin that could have saved her life. And he's not prepared to let professional ethics get in his way.

But who is the mysterious Vera (Elena Anaya), wrapped in a skin-coloured body stocking and confined in Ledgard's mansion? Adapted from Thierry Jonquet's novel 'Tarantula', Almodovar's typically complex yet gripping thriller explores themes of obsession, betrayal, revenge and sexual identity through a series of startling revelations.

It is also his first collaboration with Antonio Banderas and also featured is Almodovar regular Marisa Paredes, who plays Ledgard's lab assistant Marilia in this lush, handsomely designed blend of melodrama and 'body horror'.

Screenplay: Pedro Almodovar, Thierry Jonquet

You should see it because: It's the closest that Almodovar - the bad boy of Spanish cinema - has got to a full-on horror movie!

See it if you liked: Bad Education (2004), Volver (2006), Broken Embraces (2009)

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