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Film Review: The Skin I Live In (2011)
The Skin I Live In (2011). Directed by Pedro Almodóvar and based on the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet. The film is initially set in Toledo, Spain, in 2012. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) is a surgeon researching replacement skin, although his methods are unethical. He is treating a woman called Vera (Elena Anaya) at his house, and has replaced all her skin with his invention, that is purportedly much tougher than human skin. The Skin I Live in is a roller-coaster ride, in both graphic and emotive terms. The story includes suicide, murder, and rape, so is a grim watch at times. Despite this the story was fairly gripping for me, and Banderas, Anaya, and the rest of the cast are excellent. The only negative point for me was within the story itself, which doesn't quite stack up emotionally, feels uneven at times, and doesn't end cleanly. Despite this it is still a good film for those that can deal with the foreign language (Spanish) and the hard viewing at times. 4/5 (Good)