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The Skin I Live In

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Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, 2011
Drama, Thriller


Robert Legard, an eminent plastic surgeon, turns his mysterious mansion into an underground operating room where he unscrupulously seeks to create a skin that could have saved his deceased wife, who was badly burned in an accident. Vera is Legard’s unwilling specimen and captive human sculpture.

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The Skin I Live In Directed by Pedro Almodóvar

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

2011 | 2 wins including: Award of the Youth

BAFTA Awards

2012 | Winner: Best Film Not in the English Language

Critics reviews

Rape (three, actually), bondage, fratricide, extreme fetish, incest, voyeurism, forced sexual reassignment, plastic surgery: only Almodovar could make it all seem so sexy, and make us totally emotionally invested in the characters to boot.
May 24, 2018
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The key themes and organizing principles of Pedro Almodóvar’s career get their clearest expression in this superbly-crafted and somewhat crazy sci-fi revenge thriller about a plastic surgeon (Antonio Banderas, in what just might be his finest performance) who keeps a patient (Elena Anaya) prisoner in his mansion.
November 18, 2016
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