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Rated R · 120 minutes · 2011
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.


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Official Site: www.sonyclassics.com/theskinilivein
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Producer: Agustín Almodóvar and Esther García
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Álamo, Eduard Fernández, Blanca Suárez, Susi Sánchez, Bárbara Lennie, Fernando Cayo and José Luis Gómez

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NUVO Review: Almodovar's 'The Skin I Live In' Pedro Almodovar's best film in years, this surgical thriller is both visually and intellectually stimulating. by Ed Johnson-Ott 11/23/2011
Portland Mercury Deconstructing the Body Modernizing the mad scientist in Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In. by Alison Hallett 11/03/2011

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