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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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As the movie progresses you began seeing the pressure that this man has living 2 life not wanting to leave his wife or his male lover torn, literally torn by everything.
There is this thing where you hate the gay men for breaking apart the family but then you see that the guy had no idea so then you just hate the husband.
But in the end you just kind of begin loving all the characters for there ups and downs and you feel the sadness this guy has and the sadness both the people that love him have too.
it has a very beautiful ending, sad but it almost makes you think that the wife and boyfriends boyfriend end up becoming best friends and just giving each other what they both need wich is comfort for loosing their true love.
The acting, by all three of the actors, is superb; however, to me, the characters were not developed enough to make them believable or, at least, interesting. I just could not buy Javier as Diego being so wimpy that he allowed Jordi Molla, as Alberto to "use" him as he did--Give me a break, Diego, as played by Javier, is a gorgeous hunk of a man PLUS a successful medical doctor, for god's sake!! I know that love can make you be a complete idiot, but Javier's character was impossible for me to comprehend. We, the audience, needed to be given some clue as to why Diego acted so irrationally having no backbone, of any sort, when it came to Alberto (was it low self-esteem, was he abused as a child or was he just stupid?) No hint is given as to why he played a "door-mat" for Alberto allowing him to treat him very badly--Alberto disappears for weeks at a time without Diego being able to contact him; when they finally go away together for one of Diego's Medical Conventions all Alberto does is try to prove that he really, really isn't gay by flirting with Diego's good female friend then getting mad and spending the night away from the hotel where they are staying and acting all [mad], the next day, when Diego tries to find out "what is the matter" and to offer some comfort. We, the audience, need to have some small clue as to why Diego would allow this mistreatment without losing his temper and beating him to a pulp or at least calling him a few bad names.
The character of Alberto, as played by Jordi Molla, is a complete puzzle to me. Due to a lack of any depth, in the movie, I just got the feeling that he was a man that simply "wanted his cake and eat it too". (a nice cozy "safe" family life and a hot, sexy boyfriend on the side--...) All he could state was that he loved his wife, kid AND Diego. Worse of all, when one gets the feeling, in the move, that there was a slim possibility that finally Alberto might get his act together and make a decision as to his life and/or future--him or her??(his wife, with the only pair of balls in the movie, had kicked him out and of course he went to live with Diego after much groveling from Diego.) and after Alberto starts hysterically sobbing that he just CAN'T live with a sexy, gorgeous, sweet, kind, smart and successful man that so happens to love him madly--in other words, he just could not live as a gay man (PLEASE!) the movie kills him off and it ends with the overused "wife and the husband's boyfriend become best friends" movie ending.
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