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The Skin I Live In

Winner – 4 Goya Awards (with 16 nominations)

Winner – BAFTA Awards –  Best Foreign Language Film

Nominee – Cannes Film Festival – Palme d’Or

Nominee – Golden Globes – Best Foreign Film

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate in his own laboratory, a skin that is sensitive to caresses, but a real shield against all the aggressions, both external and internal, to which our largest organ is submitted. To obtain it, he has used the possibilities provided by cellular therapy.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a human guinea pig, an accomplice and no scruples. Scruples were never a problem; they weren’t part of his character. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…

There are irreversible processes, roads of no return, one-way journeys. Academy Award® winner Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In tells the story of one of those processes. The protagonist travels one of those roads against her will, she is forced violently to set out on journey from which she cannot return. Her Kafkaesque story is the result of a sentence handed out by a jury made up of just one person, her worst enemy. The verdict, therefore, is a form of extreme revenge.

2011, 120 minutes, USA/Spain, In Spanish with English Subtitles, Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, Rated R

  • "The Skin I Live In" is like a David Cronenberg horror film as made by a director who doesn't fear the body but revels in it, who is too sensual and amoral by nature to find anything truly disgusting or foreign.”

  • “Every time you think you know what the movie is up to, it takes an astonishing new turn.”

    – Joe Morgenstern, WALL STREET JOURNAL
  • “This film, by turns macabre, melodramatic, and gothic, makes the heart race and the skin crawl.”

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