In Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In, renowned surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) resolves to create “the perfect skin”—impervious to burn or injury—after losing his wife to a horrific car crash. Inside of his home where he practices his medical science, Robert houses a mysterious woman, called Vera (Elena Anaya), upon whom he is conducting his research—and keeping as a prisoner. As his experiment grows closer to completion, 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, this Spanish adaptation unfolds in thrilling and complex non-linear interludes that address sexuality, identity, obsession, and death. Hitchcockian in its structure and aesthetic, with elements of science fiction and romance, Pedro Almodóvar’s 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