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The Skin I Live in (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo) (2011)

Antonio Banderas , Elena Anaya , Pedro Almodóvar  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes, Roberto Álamo
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Thierry Jonquet
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Bárbara Peiró, Esther García
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, Multiple Formats
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006KSAPV0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,855 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Skin I Live in (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)" on IMDb

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Q&A with Director Pedro Almodovar
On the Red Carpet: New York Premiere

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For his maiden voyage into horror, Spanish maestro Pedro Almodóvar leaves the gore behind for a plunge into truly disturbing territory. If he suggests more than he shows, the human body still takes center stage, starting with Toledo plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (a chillingly understated Antonio Banderas), who did his best to restore his wife to her former glory after a fiery car crash, only to have his efforts be in vain. Since then, he's concentrated on a skin substitute that repels damage. Like Dr. Frankenstein, he's a single-minded obsessive, and even his housekeeper, Marilia (Marisa Paredes), describes him as "crazy," but that doesn't dim her devotion to him any less. After tragedy reenters Ledgard's life, he finds the perfect subject on which to test out his superhuman skin. Almodóvar begins in the present before backtracking six years to explain how Vera (Elena Anaya) came to Ledgard's attention. Now, he keeps her locked in a room through which he observes her every move via surveillance cameras and one-way glass. At all times, she wears a surprisingly flattering body stocking in order to heal properly, and spends her days reading Alice Munro novels and making Louise Bourgeois-inspired sculptures until Marilia's hotheaded son drops by, at which point the household dynamics spin out of control. In adapting Thierry Jonquet's Tarantula, Almodóvar has embarked on his most perfectly controlled project. Like the lovely Vera, the film offers cool, attractive surfaces, but the secret behind the woman and the world she inhabits will chill you to the bone. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a driven plastic surgeon haunted by personal tragedies. After many years of trial and error, he finally perfects a new skin – a shield which could have prevented the death of his wife in an accident years earlier. His latest “guinea pig” is a mysterious captive whose true identity masks a shocking mystery. The Skin I Live In is a masterful tale of secrets, obsession and revenge from Oscar-winning (Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Talk to Her, 2002) writer/director Pedro Almodovar.

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85 of 90 people found the following review helpful
Format:Blu-ray
The most important thing I can tell you about Pedro Almodóvar's film, The Skin I Live In (original Spanish title: La piel que habito) is that you should avoid as much as possible knowing anything about it beyond the most basic setup before seeing it. This is one of those cases where spoilers truly can rob you of the full experience of a film. I say this as someone who went into the movie knowing little about it beyond the fact that Pedro Almodóvar directed it and that it had to do with a plastic surgeon obsessed with a mysterious female patient. And that really is the best way to see it.

Adapted from Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula (original French title: Mygale) by Pedro Almodóvar and his brother Agustín Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In is a complex and, as the background layers are peeled away through revelation, deeply disturbing and chilling film.

It begins in the present day where we see Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas), a prominent plastic surgeon and medical researcher who, because of the tragic death of his wife in a fiery auto accident several years earlier, is obsessed with creating a new kind of skin superior to the skin we're born with, one that is not only both tougher and more resistant to burning and injury but also heals quicker and with little to no scarring. In his mansion, Dr. Legard has a special patient under his private, personal care, a young woman named Vera (Elena Anaya), on whom he is trying his new skin out. Our first impression is that Vera is a burn victim that Legrand is caring for, but it quickly becomes clear that Vera is more prisoner than patient. But just who is Vera? And how did she come into Legrand's rather questionable 'care'? And why does she so strongly resemble Legrand's dead wife?
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, powerful and thought provoking April 7, 2012
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A fascinating and powerful departure for Almodovar, or perhaps more
accurately more an terrific hybrid of the best of his old and new.
This has the darker, more actively perversely disturbing and violent themes
of some of his early work like 'Matador' but shot and directed with the
far smoother and more mature hand he has developed over the years. It
also uses the more complex and fractured time structure style of
Almodovar's more recent work, to great effect.

In the end it's a gorgeous looking, philosophically complex mystery and
horror film. Although not gory, this is a disturbing work, both on a
literal story level, and also for the questions it raises about sexual and personal
identity, love, sado-masochism, and passion run amok.

These themes are all Almodovar touchstones, but delivered here with a
visually stunning icy touch, and with much more complete logic than in
his early works, which often felt less fully thought through, and had
more frustrating plot holes and character leaps.

Not a 'scary' film, but a creepy, moody and highly effective one. A
dark fairy tale as told by, say Stanley Kubrick.

It's good to see Antonio Banderas reunited with Almodovar, and he
delivers a wonderfully complex and quirky modern day Dr. Frankenstein.

Less emotional than my two very favorite Almodovar films (Talk to Her,
All About My Mother), but its exciting to see this extremely talented
film maker continue to evolve and grow, and I think this represents
work that can stand among his best.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to the world of Pedro Almodovar - March 15, 2012
Format:Blu-ray
I was telling a friend last night that there is no way you could adequately describe a plot of a Pedro Almodovar film. They are so over the top, so larger than life, so filled with twists and turns. There is always some sort of car chase or people escaping the scene of the crime on a moped. There is always a lot of drama. There are always many quirky characters - in this case a mad scientist and a man running around in a tiger costume and cowboy boots. You have to enter a very surreal, crazy world in order to enjoy a Pedro Almodovar film. All of that said, I love his films and they bring me great joy. I told that same friend that I love Pedro Almodovar films as much as I love the idea of him. He is truly an icon in the world of film. When I read the first review of this film by Roger Ebert, he was also reviewing the film Mission Impossible 4. In a film world where almost everything is a sequel or of a certain genre, the world of Pedro Almodovar is unique and refreshing. He is truly an original - someone who has a very unique identity and a strong sense of self. I don't want to get into any plot specifics because it would ruin the drama for you. However, if you "get" his film, if you are willing to open yourself up to his world, then The Skin I Live In is a treat indeed.

Update - May 7, 2012
I just got back from my second trip to Spain. Spain has changed a lot in the last few decades. A very conservative Catholic country that never went through the Protestant Reformation, Spain was under the control of the Church for decades, and then endured decades of rigidity and repression under the military regime of General Francisco Franco. To understand Pedro Almodovar and his world, you need to understand a little about the country of Spain from which he comes.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best movie I have seen in a very, very long time
This film has a fantastic plot and is very well directed. It can be extremely disturbing to some people, as there is a bit of graphic content, some sex and rape scenes, and the... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Anonymous
5.0 out of 5 stars Banderas is crafty
Not a film for most; if you are interested in a film that is so disturbing that you will not know whether to appreciate the unusual storytelling or be horrified by it, this is for... Read more
Published 13 days ago by violetcherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Sick Film
I saw this film on late night TV and had to buy it. If you are a dyed in the wool feminist you will take to the streets, touting it's complete retribution for the rape of this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Tim P. Essebaggers
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy psychological drama
I couldn't stop thinking about the strange twists and turns of the plot for days. Antonio Banderas gave a fantastic performance.
Published 2 months ago by Sea starr
4.0 out of 5 stars My fault
I'm gonna give this a 4/5 because I'm an idiot and I didn't read that it was in Spanish, so I read subtitles and got pissed off the whole time otherwise it would have been a good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cam
5.0 out of 5 stars So engaging
It was a strange story and a strange experience. I had a small problem with the subtitle synching but I was fortunately able to follow along anyway. Read more
Published 3 months ago by S Leigh Schimdt
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth watching
Pleasant to watch, with a bizarre twist. I expect no less from a Spanish film! I will watch it again, as I do with most films from Spain, (hoping to understand it better the second... Read more
Published 3 months ago by 99riverview
4.0 out of 5 stars Art House, but it's a good movie
For those who cannot form a constructive critique of art house films that are quickly associated with hipsters and the like, this movie is decent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Agente-004
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting movie
I am an Almodovar fan! This is a very interesting movie. It's surprising and well acted. Muy buena e interesante película.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Really Good but Rather Disturbing
As the plot unravelled, it became evident how weird this would be. I almost loved it, but was moderately creeped out. Worth the viewing though. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kathryn Johnson
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