»The Skin I Live In« almost approaches science fiction, but not in a futuristic sense. Rather, as a means to an end, Pedro Almodóvar explores difficult aspects of human life: corporeality, sexuality, and morality. In this sense, Almodóvar works along the lines of writers such as J.G. Ballard and Phillip K. Dick, as well as filmmakers Alejandro Amenábar (»Open Your Eyes«) and David Cronenberg. Working among such company could potentially scare away longtime lovers of his very personal films—Almodóvar has said all his movies have an autobiographical dimension. His patrons, though, need not worry; the passionate storytelling is still intact and the narrative, which might seem quirky at first, falls into place as a backdrop for this beautiful drama. Colorful cinematography intensifies the mood by means of long-term-collaborar José Luis Alcaine.

The Skin I Live In poster
Title
The Skin I Live In
Director
Pedro Almodóvar
Country
Spain
Length
117 min
Festival
2011
Section
Open Zone
Language
Spanish
Subtitle
Swedish subtitles
Premiere status
Swedish Premiere
Production year
2011
Original title
La piel que habito
Cast
Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes
Producer
Agustín Almodóvar, Esther García
Script
Thierry Jonquet, Pedro Almodóvar
Music
Alberto Iglesias

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