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Second Skin (Unrated Version) (2001)

 Jordi Mollà Javier Bardem  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors:  Jordi Mollà Javier Bardem
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: New Yorker
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2003
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000088UZ4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Excellent acting elevates Second Skin to earnest heights of heartfelt melodrama in contemporary Madrid. It's a Spanish soap opera in the most intelligent sense, inviting comparison to the intimate passion plays of Pedro Almódovar and Eric Rohmer. Director Gerardo Vera's approach is more conventional, despite the fact that this modest tale of marital discord involves an unhappy wife, Elena (Ariadna Gil), whose suspicions are only slightly mistaken. Instead of another woman, her husband Alberto (Jordi Mollà) is having an affair with Diego (Javier Bardem, from Before Night Falls). He's tormented by his genuine love for his wife, child, and gay lover, and his inability to choose between them. Unfortunately, the screenplay decides for him, resorting to a last-minute twist of fate to resolve the dilemma that Alberto couldn't solve on his own. It's a cop-out solution, more suited to bad cable TV, weakening an otherwise honest and emotionally involving film. Recommended, with minor reservations. --Jeff Shannon

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful

(Torn between the life society forces one to live and the life one needs live...........)

How utterly devastating for lead character, Alberto, as for any of us, to face the realization that everything he's done in life (carrying on a family work tradition, courting and marrying, parenting) is NOT who he really is. A third generation (grandfather, father before him) airport operations worker, and husband / father......these are all roles in life which have been 'expected' of him, all roles in which he's truly tried to give his best. In the end, all that trying might not prove to be enough. But would even finding the "love of his life" (Javier Bardem's Diego) prove enough? He'd would. After all, it is this man whom he's told in so many words: "I think this time with you has been the best in my life."

Yet, can someone truly successfully live a double life? Alberto is faced with answering this quandary upon Elena's discovery of his outside-their-marriage activities. In seeking the answer, will he find his feelings for Elena prove the greater or will he find their life together has been based on only what was expected of him (expectations......expectations, meeting them can tear you apart)? To compound his conflict, at the near conclusion of everything, when Diego says: "you have to start over......," you can plainly see the realization in Jordi Molla's oh-so-expressive eyes and face (this man is so beautiful), that his quandary has just been pushed beyond the level of human endurance.

FINAL RESTATEMENT: In the end, then, we can see we have been given the study of a man raised and pushed into being something he isn't. It's the story of oh, so many out there.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't stop watching it March 13, 2003
I could not stop watching this movie. The acting was superb. Javier Bardem, Jordi Molla, and Ariandna Gil did awesome jobs of acting. This movie did a great job in showing that being gay is not about what society or the media has perceived it to be. It's about real life people who are no different than straight people other than to struggle with what society deems as "bad". This film shows how being gay is not a decision you just make one day, and how it really affected this man's life,the people around him, and the love he had for both his family and his lover. I love the ending where the wife and the lover are bonded by the feelings they share for this one man. You cannot help but fall in love with all these characters. Awesome movie.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An acting masterpiece February 27, 2005
By Jax
Technically and acting wise, I commend this film.

The film opens with a great musical score, coupled with very good images that remind me of the Rorschach inkblots used for psychological testing. The musical score reverberates throughout the film, allowing the film to breathe a life of its own. The triumvirate of Javier Bardem, Ariadna Gil and Jordi Molla is probably one of the finest major acting ensemble (and best looking, if I may add) I've seen in recent memory.

However, the film's story has many loopholes. One is the recurring obsession of Diego for Alberto. Given this premise, I don't know why he never really went out of his way to find out the truth about his lover, especially that he acted strange many times when they were together. He only found out about Alberto having a family when Elena confronted him. And he appeared somewhat indifferent after finding out. Also, Elena's character comes off as somewhat vulnerable. Her one night stand with her co-worker (who eventually turned her down when she separated indefintely with her husband) was justified only because she needed someone to be intimate with at that time. Elena is a central character in this film and I believe what she was going through should have been given the same emphasis as the emotional lows presented for the character of Alberto.

The ending reminded of the Italian film "His Secret Life" [...]where the wife and the male lover became friends after the husband died. Only that this film's ending is actually the beginning of that film. This ending has its merits because it was then that the gamut of emotions running through the characters of Elena and Alberto were finally highlighted. Before that, the central struggle was placed heavily on the Alberto character.

In all, I believe this is a good film that makes up for its flaws in more ways than one.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The finest hour for ensemble acting...and directing! September 5, 2003
With SEGUNDA PIEL or Second Skin Gerardo Vera joins the ranks of such luminaries as Pedro Almadovar in achieving flawless vignettes of Spanish storytelling. He has assembled a cast of some of the finest actors on the screen today and manages to present a wholly credible story of a gender crisis love triangle.
Javier Bardem is inimitable as a sensitively wrought gay surgeon in love with a bisexual man (again, in a brilliant performance by Jordi Molla) who is married to a wise if fragile woman (sensitively acted by Ariadna Gil). Bardem's best friend is a fellow surgeon (the wondrous Cecilia Roth) who helps him through the highs and lows of his love affair with a man who is conflicted to the extreme. To tell more of the story would be to deprive the viewer of the impact. Suffice it to say that with the consistently excellent performances by this stunning quartet under the ever sensitive eye of Vera, this is a film to see again and again. Why is it that American actors have so much difficulty playing gay men? These two Spanish actors, coming from a society that is machismo, still make their lovers wholly believable and sensusal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 life, one man
I love this movie it is amazing, the story line is very fresh and it just has that something about it, it's new and unlike any other. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Simon
2.0 out of 5 stars Maybe it's just because I was young and dumb then, but I didn't find...
This was actually the first film in which I was introduced to Javier Bardem so many years ago, and at the time that I saw this movie, I recall being sooo completely scandalized! Read more
Published 8 months ago by c. j. pierson
5.0 out of 5 stars Bardem doesnt disappoint
This is a classic movie of plot twists and turns. I was surprised even though I knew somewhat what this film was about. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Torcgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars Second Skin
It is a great movie. Very intense at the end. Kept me figuring out what would happen next. Bardem was awesome, great performance as a gay man.
Published on July 6, 2011 by Jose R. Ramos
5.0 out of 5 stars The pure truth except for the ending
This movie is an excellent film of an example of what homosexual "straight" men go to lead a straight life. Read more
Published on April 3, 2011 by darkfox
3.0 out of 5 stars Watch the movie for the AMAZING performances
Adriadna Gil, Jordi Molla and Javier Bardem are simply phenomenal in this film. The characters all have such depth that you can live through their emotions through each one of the... Read more
Published on April 28, 2008 by Morrigan Alexandros
5.0 out of 5 stars sad.... really wonderfully sad
I found this movie had a really sad feel about it, from the opening credits through to the sad ending. Read more
Published on May 30, 2007 by R. Van Blerk
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent actors, very real
Didn't give 5 stars because of the ending wich I didn't like(won't tell you how it ends!)

It worths to be seen,great erotic scenes, great love story
Published on July 2, 2006 by John L
4.0 out of 5 stars Javier Bardem is once again amazing in this film.
After viewing this the other day I find it intriguing. This film consist of an married couple and a male lover, only this time it's not the wife but the husband who's cheating with... Read more
Published on April 1, 2006 by Jenny J.J.I.
3.0 out of 5 stars Spanish Gay Soap Opera
As others have noted, this well-acted, glossy-looking film has a soap opera set-up, but with a gay twist. Read more
Published on December 1, 2005 by Kardius
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