Rating: R Restricted. Under 17 Requires Accompanying Adult.
Rating Explanation: for disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language.
Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review: Almodóvar's wonderfully bizarre and unpredictable first full-out horror movie is an eye-popping and genuinely shocking gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchcock.
Antonio Banderas ...
Elena Anaya ...
Blanca Suárez ...
Jan Cornet ...
Marisa Paredes ...
Bárbara Lennie ...
Fernando Cayo ...
Eduard Fernández ...
Roberto Álamo ...
The Skin I Live In
Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) lives with Marilia (Marisa
Paredes) in his estate. His wife committed suicide after being horribly
burned in a car accident and their daughter Norma (Blanca Suarez) isn't
dealing with it well. But they are not alone: A woman in a
skin-colored jumpsuit named Vera (Elena Anaya) appears to be locked in a
room of the house, and Robert watches her through closed circuit
cameras in her room. We learn that Robert is working on a new kind of
genetically engineered "skin" that is impenetrable to outside
forces--precisely what would have saved his wife's life. All he needed
to complete his tests was a human subject. How he chose that subject is
the shocking part.
From the very beginning it's easy to see that something funny is going on,
but since you have no evidence of just what it could be, you are forced
to suffer until you actually get any tangible information. Co-writer/Director Pedro Almodovar almost always involves the theme of family into his films, and
is a master of keeping audiences hanging on his every word because he sticks people in a pressure cooker and lets them be
as crazy as they are capable of being. This film's strength comes from
how it lulls you into a dream world that you are a little suspicious
of, only to get blindsided by the truly dark side of revenge.