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: 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.
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.
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.
Summary: The trailer had me expecting Silence of the Lambs meets Frankenstein and I wasn't thinking I'd enjoy it. The Spanish setting, culture and architecture transport a kiwi viewer and allows belief to be suspended for this black fairy tale. It is hard to review this without giving vital plot twists away so I will say this is a socially challenging movie, you will be prompted to question your beliefs and morals and sense of justice.
Summary: Almodovar's expert craftsmanship of "The Skin I Live In" is parallel his central character's mastery of the art of skin surgery. At once engaging and fluid the narrative never becomes laborious or difficult. However there is a certain detachment: for all the nudity and sex it is barely sensual, for all the violence it is rarely terrifying. But at the same time it is more based in reality than Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange or The Shining.