The skin I live in

The skin I live in

La piel que habito

Blu-ray Disc - 2012 | Spanish
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Since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has wanted to create a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he cultivates a skin that is a real shield against every assault. Now, besides the years of study and experimentation, the unscrupulous doctor needs to find an accomplice, and a human guinea pig. Marrilia, the woman who looked after him from birth, is his most faithful accomplice. But where will they find the human pig?
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, [2012]
Branch Call Number: WORLD SKI
Characteristics: 1 Blu-ray disc (120 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 DVD (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Alternative Title: Piel que habito

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spiritchild
Sep 06, 2015

Totally not what I was expecting from the words on the box. Totally twisted.

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Nursebob
Dec 31, 2014

How do you describe a Pedro Almodovar film and still do it justice? Once again he combines his love for the female form with his signature penchant for extreme gender-fucking to produce yet another warped telenovela guaranteed to delight his twisted fans and confound the uninitiated. This time around he focuses on the brilliant yet unorthodox plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas, sexier than ever) whose highly contentious experiments in human skin regeneration are being carried out in a secret underground laboratory. The subject of these experiments is the lovely yet volatile Vera, an apparent prisoner of the good doctor, who spends her days practicing yoga and writing graffiti on the walls of her spartan cell while wearing a skintight body stocking. But who exactly is Vera? Why is she being held captive and why is Robert so obsessed with her? And while we’re at it, why is his housekeeper’s son dressed like a jaguar? This is quintessential Almodovar, a cinematic magician at the height of his powers whose appreciation of the absurd has not mellowed over the years but has rather grown sharper and more focused. Bravo!

Froster Nov 29, 2014

Take "Eyes Without a Face", mix in some"Vertigo", add just a soupcon of "The Face of Another", and some unusually ferocious Almodovar gender bending, and VOILA! Not quite as much fun as it should have been, but the style is formidable, and really much more satisfying than "Broken Embraces". Pedro has done Banderas a great favor by casting him in this role, and he almost manages to remind us why we thought he was "all that" so many years ago. The real discovery here is Elena Anaya. This is the 2nd film of hers I've seen, and after "Room in Rome", and this, one applauds her commitment and audaciousness. (For a stunningly beautiful woman, she sure has no problem doing some weird sh-t).

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Joezinho82
Sep 29, 2014

Banderas is outstanding in this movie! One of my faves from him, and from director Almodovar as well. If you know anything about his movies, you know there are enough twists out there that will turn your stomach into a pack of Twizzlers. Definitely worth the watch. And another watch. And another watch!

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0cho
Feb 26, 2014

This movie is supposed to be some Frankenstein weird science movie. Well, it’s just messed up and should not be watched by anyone. The movie as a whole is done really badly, with lots of strange crap going on for no purpose. People will love it because they will say it is a foreign film and artistic, but really it’s just pure garbage. Don’t bother with this foreign film, there are so many better ones out there.

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ameliepeace
Jan 08, 2014

excellent piece about revenge. Male must see...

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 11, 2013

Another interesting film from Spanish director Almodovar. It engages my attention, but I must say I am disappointed by the outlandish nature of the plot. The lead actress is attractive. As a whole this film is one of the weaker ones from this director for sure.

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soundspace
Oct 05, 2013

This was one of the best films of 2011 and is still in my top 10. The film is a masterpiece. A must see.

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Cine7
Sep 10, 2013

A dark, twisted and brilliant masterpiece by master director Pedro Almodovar.

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susewsew
Aug 23, 2013

Seriously twisted! It took several attempts before I could say I'd seen the whole movie. NOT for the faint of heart. Unethical, albeit brilliant, plastic surgeon loses wife then watches on as daughter die from the aftermath of rape. Surgeon captures the rapist, imprisons him in the home surgical suite that would make every hospital envious. After countless surgeries the male rapist has been turned into a female. Dr falls prey to reverse Stockholm syndrome as "guinea pig" leads him to believe "she" cares for him. She/he does escape eventually but even that is twisted. Rape, sex, torture, psychological abuse and more. If you do decide to view this, keep the remote handy to pause while you catch your breath. And in case you are wondering...this is NOT A DATE MOVIE.

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Ron@Ottawa
Dec 11, 2013

Sexual Content: Plenty of frontal nudity and sexual scenes, including one of rape.

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Oct 31, 2012

Sexual Content: There's rape.

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