The Skin I Live In Director: Pedro Almadovar (2011) Call Number: DVD-V LD11-0437
Image: Courtesy of Pathe Productions
Loosely based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula, The Skin I Live In premiered in competition at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival.
Ever since his wife was hideously disfigured in a car crash, plastic surgeon Dr. Ledgard (Antoni Banderas) seeks to create a new, fire-resistant human skin. Luckily, he doesn’t have to look too far to find a human guinea pig.
For the eagle-eyed viewer, the references to other films, especially Georges Franju’s Eyes Without a Face, and art are plenty. References to Bunuel, Hitchcock, and Louise Bourgeois are also obvious.
Most critics agreed that although The Skin I Live In is no Volver, it is one of the better offerings of this year. “There are few filmmakers — David Lynch comes to mind, Woody Allen — who have a completely unique way of imprinting a film. Nobody but Pedro Almodovar could have made “The Skin I Live In” (Long, 2011).
Long, Tom. “Modern horror tale gracefully reveals secrets”. www.detroitnews.com. 18 Nov, 2011.