The Skin I Live In

It takes a wild, sharp left turn halfway through, but Pedro Almodóvar’s The Skin I Live In is one of his more complete and entertaining oddities in a long time. Per usual, the legendary Spanish filmmaker takes a unique look at sexuality, this time through a stylish thriller involving a surgeon (Antonio Banderas) who creates a synthetic skin for one of his patients. But why does she suddenly look so much like the surgeon’s late wife, and why is she being kept as something of a prisoner? Just who is this woman? The actress portraying the mystery patient is Elena Ayana, and even though Banderas is strong in his long-overdue reunion with Almodóvar, she is the glue (or maybe the sutures) that holds together The Skin I Live In.



  • Pedro Almodóvar


  • Antonio Banderas
  • Elena Anaya
  • Marisa Paredes
  • Jan Cornet
  • Roberto Álamo
  • Eduard Fernández
  • Blanca Suárez
  • Susi Sánchez
  • Bárbara Lennie
  • Fernando Cayo
  • José Luis Gómez


  • Agustín Almodóvar
  • Esther García

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