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The Skin I Live In 2011 15

120 mins USA Director. Pedro Almodóvar

Pedro Almodóvar's excursion into horror is a perverse and unsettling drama full of twists and turns. Antonio Banderas plays a deranged doctor who, while recovering from a history of personal tragedies, entraps a young woman at his medical facility and forces her to undertake a series of experimental skin procedures.

To give The Skin I Live In a full plot synopsis would give the picture of a highly extreme film – taking in incest, rape, and numerous other depravities – but Almodóvar’s classy direction ensures comforting art-house sheen envelops this ostensibly exploitative material.

Taking its cue from horror classics like Eyes Without a Face, but with its own entirely original spin, The Skin I Live In is an unsettling yet highly enjoyable slice of high-class Grand Guignol.

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Directed by

Pedro Almodóvar

Featuring

Antonio Banderas

Elena Anaya

Marisa Paredes

Jan Cornet

Roberto Álamo

Genres

Drama

Collection

Pedro Almodóvar Cannes Film Festival Best of BAFTA

Certificate

15 Contains strong sex, sexual violence, brief gore & very strong language

Released

2011

Country

USA

Language

English

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