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: The Husband won tickets to this movie from Flicks. I hadn't realised it was in Spanish, not that it was a bad thing. I think it lent to the setting and characters. Banderas as Dr Ledgard is brilliant. He's cold, calculating and inevitably succumbs to his victim's charms. The movie itself is a bit 'Silence of the Lambs' for the creepy aspect. Some scenes in the lab I found funny, a bit "Dr Frankenstein" for this day and age.
Summary: Almodovar takes on a psychological thriller and produces a cleverly crafted and intriguing premise. An elegantly set up dark pyscho-sexual melodrama ... that just left me unmoved. In the same way that Banderas's character is obsessed with skin, Almodovar's focus is on the style and the exquisite texture of the film, but fails to delve into the psyche of the characters in the way that would make this truly chilling.
Summary: With 'The Skin I Live In' Almodovar is clearly looking to shock and disturb his audience. In fact the film is strongly reminiscent of Kim Ki-duk's best works. Banderas is fantastic as the brooding doctor, whilst Anaya is a knockout. The story leads the audience down unexpected, and occasionally shocking, paths. A disturbing film, but one that is compelling. Recommended, but definitely not for the faint of heart.