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Running Time:
1 hour, 57 minutes

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.

Additional Info:
Antonio Banderas ... Robert Ledgard
Elena Anaya ... Vera
Blanca Suárez ... Norma
Jan Cornet ... Vicente
Marisa Paredes ... Marilia
Bárbara Lennie ... Cristina
Fernando Cayo ... Médico
Eduard Fernández ... Fulgencio
Roberto Álamo ... Zeca

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.


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