The Skin I Live In (2011)

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Feature Film | Thriller | Spain | Spanish | 1h57m
Dir: Pedro Almodóvar | Scr: Pedro Almodóvar | Novel: Thierry Jonquet | Ph: José Luis Alcaine | Prod: Agustín Almodóvar & Esther García | Mus: Alberto Iglesias | Ed: José Salcedo | PD: Antxón Gómez | AD: Carlos Bodelón | Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, Roberto Álamo, Eduard Fernández, José Luis Gómez, Blanca Suárez, Susi Sánchez, Bárbara Lennie

Following the tragic deaths of his wife and daughter, an unstable plastic surgeon finds himself driven to create fire-proof human skin, using swine DNA. However, with this kind of research being frowned upon by the medical community, he conducts his experiments in secret, using a human guinea pig for his trials – though, crucially, not a particularly willing one. Though beautifully crafted and impeccably performed, Almodóvar’s latest proves too reliant upon narrative twists to fully engage the viewer, and as a consequence lacks the emotional power of his best work. Hugely entertaining, never the less.