• Live Flesh (1997)

Live Flesh

Release Date: 1997

R |1 hr 43 min

Plot Summary

Victor (Liberto Rabal) goes to meet Elena (Francesca Neri) for a date. Elena, uninterested, tells Victor to leave the apartment before her dealer gets there. Their ensuing argument and struggle draw the attention of policemen Sancho (José Sancho) and David (Javier Bardem). As Elena flees, her gun goes off, paralyzing David. Six years later, Victor gets out of jail and begins having an affair with Sancho's wife, as David and Elena's marriage falls apart.

Cast: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal, Ángela Molina, José Sancho, Penélope Cruz, Pilar Bardem, Álex Angulo

Director: Pedro Almodóvar

Genres: Drama

Production Co: El Deseo S.A., Goldwyn Films

Keywords: 1970s , Love , Prison , 1990s , Transformation , Police officer , Dark , Wife , Revenge

Ratings & Reviews

  • 63
    TV Guide Magazine

    The result is undeniably gorgeous, but it's all busy surface, beautiful bodies and ironically absurd plot contrivance, occasionally awkward references to political events in '70s Spain notwithstanding. show more

  • 88
    James BerardinelliReelViews

    Everything (not just the flesh) is vibrant with life. show more

  • 63
    Liam LaceyThe Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Live Flesh is an often surprising assemblage of attractive parts that never seems to earn a full emotional response. [06 feb 1998]

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Nominated Film Not in the English Language
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1998)