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R| 2 hr. min.

Plot Summary
Ever since his beloved wife was horribly burned in an auto accident, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a skilled plastic surgeon, has tried to develop a new skin that could save the lives of burn victims. Finally, after 12 years, Ledgard has created a skin that guards the body, but is still sensitive to touch. With the aid of his faithful housekeeper (Marisa Paredes), Ledgard tests his creation on Vera (Elena Anaya), who is held prisoner against her will in the doctor's mansion.

Cast: Antonio Banderas , Elena Anaya , Marisa Paredes , Jan Cornet , Roberto Álamo , Eduard Fernández , Blanca Suárez , Susi Sánchez

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Genres: Drama, Thriller

Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics

The Skin I Live In (2011)

Release Date: October 14th, 2011|2 hr. min.

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critic reviews ( 3 )
fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 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. show more

  • Pedro Almodóvar is one of the few filmmakers with the ability to infuse the screen with his own consciousness, and to see The Skin I Live In is to enter into his nightmare. show more

  • As coldly calculating and infuriating as it can be, the film and its production design are stunning. But characters' actions and motivations are beyond comprehension. show more

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  • March 22, 2012 xq00000000102408
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    This was some serious crap ... don\'t know what any of you were thinking that liked this movie. This was just some esoteric piffle that some idiot thought up. A 117 minutes of watching a girl with a cute face and big ass locked in a room for no reason. No drama, no suspense, no insight. Just 117 minutes of boredom.

  • November 19, 2011 ejtindc
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    I usually like Almodovar\'s films and find them well-directed, interesting studies of a sometimes warped view of the human condition. I\'ve long noted his fairly misogynistic viewpoint, but felt the films were interesting enough to make them worth watching despite that. I found The Skin I Live In a complete waste of time - violent and yet completely irrelevant. Not particularly creative and the \"shocker\" at the end wasn\'t worth sitting through the film for.

  • November 17, 2011 negem
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    A review from someone who goes to an Almodovar movie not knowing that there will be subtitles isn\'t worth the time to read. Please. Some discretion in review selection! f

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DVD Blu-Ray, March 6: 'The Skin I Live In,' 'Immortals,' Jack and Jill'

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Eric Larnick on Mar 6th, 2012 1:26PM

DVD or Blu-ray? Redbox or Netflix? Streaming? Whatever your poison, we've got the highlights and lowlights on the week's new releases -- plus exclusive previews from "Footloose" and "Immortals."...

Moviefone's Fall 2011 Preview Guide: Indies

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Aiden Redmond on Sep 3rd, 2011 10:00AM

After five days filled with upcoming wide releases, we've come to the end of our Fall Movie Preview and we're sending it off the indies. If big-budget blockbusters and popcorn fluff of Summer...

Antonio Banderas Is a Bad Doctor in the First U.S. Trailer for 'The Skin I Live In' (VIDEO)

Posted by
Aiden Redmond on Aug 30th, 2011 1:00PM

Pedro Almodovar has made some pretty phenomenal, female-driven dramas over the course of some 20-odd years as a writer/director. With the upcoming release of his next effort, 'The Skin I Live...

Watch the Weird, Creepy Trailer for Almodóvar's 'The Skin I Live In'

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Harley W. Lond on Jul 27th, 2011 12:30AM

Pedro Almodóvar's films have always been a little on the edge -- some more so than others (witness 'Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) -- and his latest, 'The Skin I Live In,' looks to be a boundary...

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