Conclusion: The Skin I Live In is a rare film that's thematically disgusting but visually beautiful, the latter dominating the former and lessening the burden but in no way cheapening the story. If anything, the way Director Pedro Almodóvar has shaped the movie enhances the grotesqueness of the story line without repulsing his audience. It's emotionally disturbing but impossible to see as anything but a wonderful and beautiful film.
Conclusion: Very dark, very entertaining and very, very different, Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In is one of the year's best films. Do not read reviews and do not watch trailers, just see it. I guarantee you will have a terrific time with it. Pathe Distribution's presentation of the film is excellent, but I wish there were some good supplemental features on the Blu-ray. VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you find this review helpful?
Excerpt: The Skin I Live In , the new film from writer/director Pedro Almodóvar, is a stunning, mind-bending thriller that takes the concept of revenge and makes you question how far is too far. Beautifully shot and shocking without ever being alienating, the movie effectively entices the audience from the first scene before grabbing them by the throat and taking them on a tour of pure madness. For years Dr.
Excerpt: With The Skin I Live In , Pedro Almodóvar offers his own mad-scientist hybrid of the body-horror and kinky thriller genres, fusing David Cronenberg with Brian De Palma while keeping plenty of Almodóvar in the mix. Antonio Banderas stars as a superstar plastic surgeon who experiments on new kinds of skin and face transplants, using an abductee as his test subject.
Summary: Perhaps only an auteur of distinguished camp sensibilities like Almodóvar could’ve pulled off something as far-fetched as The Skin I Live In and turned it into a work of uncanny feeling, even if it often goes off the rails and teeters on the edge of absurdity, and not to mention downright, misogyny-pandering trash.
Excerpt: The narrative of "The Skin I Live In" is as intriguing as it is twisted, central to the plot is a contemporary and perverse Frankenstein character. This is an ethically challenging story of an obsessive patriarch, sinister gender control is stirred with psychological intrigue to create a morally unsettling but memorable movie. The nightmarish elements are balanced by the visually sophisticated and vibrant tone presented on screen.