Review: The Skin I Live In
This beautiful and bonkers film from Spanish master Pedro Almod�var, based loosely on a French novel, is the kind which should be watched with very little knowledge about the plot in advance.
Ideally, the audience should know nothing at all — but that would mean an abrupt end to this review.
Brilliant, refined and unscrupulous plastic surgeon Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas) has been toiling away for years trying to create a skin impervious to any damage. His human guinea pig is the mysterious and porcelain doll-like Vera (Elena Anaya). Constantly clad in a contoured, flesh coloured body suit, she lives out her days trapped, experimented upon and monitored in a windowless room inside the doctor's palatial home.
The only other person who knows of Vera's predicament is wary housekeeper Marilia (Marisa Paredes). Also entwined are addict and dress-maker Vicente (Jan Cornet) and man-on-the-run Zeca (Roberto �lamo) who arrives at the doctor's house in a tiger costume. The mystery of Vera and the connection between all these characters is what drives the film.
Almod�var covers familiar ground in exploring identity and relationships through over-the-top situations. What is new is that this is his first horror film, albeit one with very little blood and gore.
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The real horror lies in the violation of morals and sensibilities, and in the growing sense of doom as we learn more about the characters through flashbacks.
The film will undoubtedly be too disturbing for some. Thankfully, relief is provided in a perverse sense of fun sprinkled throughout the film. The cinematography, set design and score is a feast for the eyes and ears.
- 1 Elderly man took his clothes off at Norwich park
- 2 Tributes to popular Tesco worker with 'sparkling personality'
- 3 Revealed: How much to rent former high street store
- 4 School shut after ceiling tile falls on to class of children
- 5 Amazing photos show storms over Norfolk – and there are more to come
- 6 Drag Race star Bimini spotted shopping in Norwich
- 7 Norwich bar gets back licence after tearful appeal by owner
- 8 Masterplan for 4,000-homes Colman's regeneration to go on show
- 9 Britain's poshest train came to Norwich and Ipswich and it was pure luxury
- 10 Woman hit with £900 vet bill after dog gets 'stoned' on park cannabis stash
Like the beautifully sculpted Vera, Almod�var's film is a work of art.
THE SKIN I LIVE IN (15)
Director: Pedro Almod�var
Starring: Antonio Banderas, Elna Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet
Length: 120 mins