Director Pedro Almodóvar
Year 2011
Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Blanca Suárez
Rating R
Run Time 127min
More Info IMDb
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With this bizarre, elegant tale of a surgeon replacing his lover's skin, Pedro Almodóvar cooks up an exotic brew that no one else could ever make. - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

The Skin I Live In isn't quite as el sicko as I'd hoped it would be, but the depraved gleam in its eye its nonetheless irresistible. -  Stephanie Zacharek,

Nobody concocts this mix of dark comedy, high drama and sublimated desire better than Spain's most flamboyant export. - Richard Mowe, Boxoffice Magazine

Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate in his own laboratory, a skin that is sensitive to caresses, but a real shield against all the aggressions, both external and internal, to which our largest organ is submitted. To obtain it, he has used the possibilities provided by cellular therapy.

In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed a human guinea pig, an accomplice and no scruples. Scruples were never a problem, they weren’t part of his character. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...

Over the course of each year, dozens of young people of both sexes disappear from their homes, in many cases of their own will. One of those young people will end up sharing the splendid mansion, El Cigarral, with Robert and Marilia, and will be doing so unwillingly.


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