Our month-long Pedro Almodóvar retrospective continues with The Skin I Live In, a genre-bending entry from the Spanish auteur.
After his wife dies in a horrific car crash, renowned surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) resolves to create a “perfect skin” that is impervious to burn or injury. To carry out his research, Robert imprisons a woman called Vera (Elena Anaya) and conducts his experiments on her. As his plan grows closer to fruition, his obsession and infatuation towards Vera grows as well, culminating in a volatile and explosive relationship where both prisoner and captor must grapple with their sanity.
Loosely based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, The Skin I Live In is a twisted thriller that gets under the skin with its disturbing and intense plot.
“In this polymorphous shocker Almodóvar has crafted one of his most berserk and bewitching fables about the fluidity of gender and the unpredictability of desire.” — Steve Erickson, Nashville Scene
“Allusions to Vertigo, Rebecca, and Georges Franju’s great 1960 French horror movie Eyes Without a Face are intentional: The Skin I Live In is, above all, the creation of a movie fanatic who loves to look.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
“The Skin I Live In is Almodóvar reaching back to his sickest, kinkiest self, and it’s nice to see him trying to luxuriate in sleaze again.” — Wesley Morris, Boston Globe