Excerpt: Pedro Almodóvar's macabre tale bears many thematic similarities to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo." The director's oft-explored themes of sexuality and gender identity are added to the mix to create a style that is uniquely and unmistakably 'Almodóvar.' "The Skin I Live In" is an enjoyable film that, while not on par with his best work, is recommended viewing nonetheless. Music plays an essential role in establishing setting (e.g.
Excerpt: I saw this Blu-ray here in Brasil twice in two days. I use an Infocus 1080p in a 120" screen (the wall itself). The video quality is amazing. The sound is excellent. The movie is a mix of "Frankstein", "The Silence of The Lambs", some Tarantino things, what else? A lot, no doubt. The visual is amazing and the music is perfect to the mood. I am not exactly a fan of Spanish movies (the same way I am not fan of Brasilian movies!
Excerpt: The latest film by the visionary director Pedro Almodovar "The skin I live in" is going to win many awards this year. I am so happy to see the film getting nominated for the Oscar in the Foreign films category. The screenplay of the film is very taut and riveting and was presented in a slick fashion. This is a mind provoking melo-drama that has many awe-inspiring sequences. The entire cast has done their best to produce a mind boggling film like this.
Conclusion: I'd just like to counter-balance the 1 star review (nothing wrong with not liking it or having a different oppinion) by saying I really enjoyed it. Excellent sick and twisted story of a psycho plastic surgeon. Gorgeously directed by Pedro Almodovar. I can safely add him to my growing list of great directors whose back catalogues I need to explore.
Conclusion: This is without any shadow of a doubt one of the most pointless cinema experiences of my life. The plot is dreadful nonsense with the time-frames twisted inside out in what I can only think is a desperate effort to make it interesting, .... it fails! The characters are one dimensional & paper thin. The shame is that for most of the film it actually looks quite nice.
Conclusion: The beginning of the movie I really didn't know what was going on, it was hard to know exactly what the characters were doing, who they were and why anything was happening. As the plot thickens all becomes apparent and rather shocking. It's a dark movie, sinister beings and with a good heart behind it. A movie where no one is innocent, you're forced to look at people without taking note of their appearance.
Conclusion: Not for the feint hearted, but full of twists and turns throughout, and a truly original plot makes this a future classic. The filming is beautiful, and the acting top rate. Saw this at the cinema with three friends, and it is true to say that I was the only one that came out having enjoyed it...everyone else found it too challenging. So there you go, watch if you want to see something that will keep you interested from start to finish.
Summary: I hadn't seen any of Almodovar's previous films, so wasn't sure what to really expect. I'd read up on the movie online to get a brief overview beforehand, so had a basic idea of the premise of the movie. A friend overseas had seen it and told me it gave her nightmares. I definitely found it weird and creepy, with quite a bizarre storyline. All in all I thought it was good though. I liked how it flicked between present day and the past to show how everything came about.
Summary: I've read references to Hitchcock and Vincent Price regarding the films tone and characters which I think is bang on. The lines the story takes are at times equally hilarious and horrifying. Captivating throughout, Almodovar's horror story is told with both frightening reality and a subvert perversity.