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  • Actors: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes, Roberto Álamo
  • Directors: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Agustín Almodóvar, Thierry Jonquet
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Bárbara Peiró, Esther García
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: French, English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 6 2012
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006KSAPV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,999 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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By OpenMind TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 27 2013
Format: Blu-ray
I understand the love for this movie. It gets a few things right. Unfortunately, I think it also gets a lot of things wrong. No spoilers ahead.

I assure you that I had no bias going into this movie: I haven't seen an Almodóvar film before. I've heard of him and the lavish praise heaped upon him, but that's it.

The film starts out quite promisingly with a physician culturing skin from pig's blood and transplanting said skin upon a seemingly willing, but confined, beautiful young woman. Reference is made to the doctor having lost his wife in a fire and to the ostensible captive-yet-not woman's previous attempts at there is at least an attempt at suggestion and nuance that evokes a not altogether sinister, but intriguing, sentiment about the setting and characters.

It's all downhill from there. Details about the major players' pasts are revealed in a languorously detailed and laboured flashback that makes up half of the two-hour movie. This saps any momentum going into the big "reveal" about 30 minutes from the end, so the film's essential twist comes off without much of a bang. Truth be told, I laughed when it dawned on me what was going on. And it wasn't one of those, "Oh my God! This is incredible and mind-blowing!" reverential kind of laughs. It was one of those, "Really? That's what you're doing?" derisory kind of laughs. A decent editor would have scrapped at least 20 minutes of the extraneous or mind-numbingly dull footage (e.g., an intruder shows up to the doctor's house early in the film: his presence is as inexplicable and useless in the grand scheme of things as his exit).
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By Brian Maitland TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 31 2012
Format: DVD
Holy smokers, this movie's plot will blow your mind and leave you feeling plenty uncomfortable. By now, most moviegoers know director Pedro Almodovar is out there. The Skin I Live In takes it waaaaaaay out there. It also goes to show if you give Antonio Banderas a meaty role in his own language that he has a far greater acting range than he seems to have in English-speaking roles.

Needless to say this is a clever yet creepily inventive movie that not only flips the psycho-sexual thriller on its edge but walks it around the block a few times and spits it out in a horrifying mix of sexual perversity, very dubious medical ethical choices and a weirdness you're not likely to see anywhere else.

Extras on the DVD are a waste. The "Making Of" is a just 12 minutes of raw footage where you see cameras and boom mics in scenes. The "Red Carpet NYC Premiere" is better as you hear from the actors and director but it is extremely short.
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By Trek Fan..... on Dec 26 2012
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Oh my god this is got to be my favourite movie for the past five years WOW this will take you for a ride & A
spin and you will not know what hit you Antonio Banderas shine in this movie as one
Revengefull dad and Husband. I think why a lot of people have not seen this it's because
it has Subtitles and thats a shame.let me just say you will not beleive what just happen
to you after viewing this movie you have to pick this up.... The Skin I Live in [Blu-ray]
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By Dominic Roy on Sept. 4 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Excellent, donne envie de revoir tous les films d'Almodovar...
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92 of 98 people found the following review helpful
A no-spoilers review of an absorbing and disturbing near-masterpiece Dec 19 2011
By Whitt Patrick Pond - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
The most important thing I can tell you about Pedro Almodóvar's film, The Skin I Live In (original Spanish title: La piel que habito) is that you should avoid as much as possible knowing anything about it beyond the most basic setup before seeing it. This is one of those cases where spoilers truly can rob you of the full experience of a film. I say this as someone who went into the movie knowing little about it beyond the fact that Pedro Almodóvar directed it and that it had to do with a plastic surgeon obsessed with a mysterious female patient. And that really is the best way to see it.

Adapted from Thierry Jonquet's novel Tarantula (original French title: Mygale) by Pedro Almodóvar and his brother Agustín Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In is a complex and, as the background layers are peeled away through revelation, deeply disturbing and chilling film.

It begins in the present day where we see Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas), a prominent plastic surgeon and medical researcher who, because of the tragic death of his wife in a fiery auto accident several years earlier, is obsessed with creating a new kind of skin superior to the skin we're born with, one that is not only both tougher and more resistant to burning and injury but also heals quicker and with little to no scarring. In his mansion, Dr. Legard has a special patient under his private, personal care, a young woman named Vera (Elena Anaya), on whom he is trying his new skin out. Our first impression is that Vera is a burn victim that Legrand is caring for, but it quickly becomes clear that Vera is more prisoner than patient. But just who is Vera? And how did she come into Legrand's rather questionable 'care'? And why does she so strongly resemble Legrand's dead wife?

As in so many his films, The Skin I Live In has many of Almodóvar's almost trademark themes running all through it: complex familial relationships; the intertwining of family and personal secrets; the nature of desire, brutality and obsession; the lengths to which individuals can and will go; how actions can have the most unexpected and sometimes devastating consequences, and how, ultimately, we can never escape our pasts.

The performances are pitch perfect, most particularly Antonio Banderas' controlled and controlling - and casually chilling - Legard, who has his mansion wired so that he can observe his 'patient' from almost any part of the house, and Elena Anaya's Vera with her perfect face and body and the haunted eyes that peer out from the skin she lives in, always aware that she is being observed. Added into the mix - and subtly working in other elements from classic standards of horror - are Marisa Paredes's Marilia, Legard's old housekeeper who serves as a kind of matronly Igor to Legard's Victor Frankenstein, fiercely loyal but openly disapproving; Roberto Álamo's Zeca, a brutal criminal on the run who serves as a kind of Hyde to Legard's Jekyll - lust, rage and animal cunning to Legard's cool controlled calculation. And last but not least, Jan Cornet's Vicente, a callow young fool whose impulsive self-indulgence triggers a chain of events with consequences more dire than he could imagine. All of whom are bound to each other in ways known and unknown.

The only reason I rate this four stars instead of five and call it a near-masterpiece instead of an all-out masterpiece is in how the final acts play out. After taking the viewer through a series of ever deeper and increasingly disturbing revelations, Almodóvar seems to settle for what I felt was a disappointingly conventional resolution. But that said, the film still stands out for all of the unexpected places it did take you before that slip back into the expected. There may be times when you'll think you've seen this movie before and you know what's going on, but I assure you, you haven't and you won't until the revelations have been made.

Highly recommended for any fan of Almodóvar's and for anyone else who likes well-crafted films that really push the boundaries.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Disturbing, powerful and thought provoking April 7 2012
By K. Gordon - Published on
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A fascinating and powerful departure for Almodovar, or perhaps more
accurately more an terrific hybrid of the best of his old and new.
This has the darker, more actively perversely disturbing and violent themes
of some of his early work like 'Matador' but shot and directed with the
far smoother and more mature hand he has developed over the years. It
also uses the more complex and fractured time structure style of
Almodovar's more recent work, to great effect.

In the end it's a gorgeous looking, philosophically complex mystery and
horror film. Although not gory, this is a disturbing work, both on a
literal story level, and also for the questions it raises about sexual and personal
identity, love, sado-masochism, and passion run amok.

These themes are all Almodovar touchstones, but delivered here with a
visually stunning icy touch, and with much more complete logic than in
his early works, which often felt less fully thought through, and had
more frustrating plot holes and character leaps.

Not a 'scary' film, but a creepy, moody and highly effective one. A
dark fairy tale as told by, say Stanley Kubrick.

It's good to see Antonio Banderas reunited with Almodovar, and he
delivers a wonderfully complex and quirky modern day Dr. Frankenstein.

Less emotional than my two very favorite Almodovar films (Talk to Her,
All About My Mother), but its exciting to see this extremely talented
film maker continue to evolve and grow, and I think this represents
work that can stand among his best.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Chilling, intense and excellent Nov. 2 2013
By Judy Croome - Published on
As a movie to watch on Halloween I couldn't have chosen a better DVD. Pedro Almodóvar's film, The Skin I Live In (we watched the original Spanish version La piel que habito, with excellent English sub-titles) is a movie that proves the power of the imagination is far more chilling and intense than any graphic or gratuitous violence can ever be.

It's impossible to review the movie without giving away too much of the complex and clever plot and it's that which keeps you breathless throughout the whole 115 minutes. All the cast presented superb performances, from the brutal Zeca (Roberto Álamo) to the foolish Vincente (Jan Cornet), from the blindly loyal Marilia (Marisa Paredes) to the haunted Vera(Elena Anaya).

However, it was the commanding performance of Antonio Banderas as prominent surgeon and researcher Dr Robert Legard who played a pivotal role. In the hands of a lesser actor, the labyrinthine torment that motivated Legard's actions could easily have become parody; Banderas played the role to perfection.

Although Almodóvar kept the tension high right until the penultimate scene, the final scene was less satisfying than the rest of the film demanded, although I'm sure many viewers will be perfectly satisfied with it. If Banderas' performance of Legard had not been so immaculate, I may have been satisfied with the ending but, as it is, the complexities of love and desire which were explored in the final stages of the relationship between Legard and Vera had too-convenient a resolution.

Still, it was a strong enough ending to keep the movie a 5* viewing experience that is both thought-provoking and powerful. And far too scary, even for Halloween!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Skin I Live In is creepy but cool Sept. 7 2013
By Ferris Bueller - Published on
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I bought this movie sight unseen because I like Banderas and Elena Anaya, neither one disappoints. Anaya is pretty much the perfect woman physically (I've never met her) and Banderas is handsome of course and has an intensity about his acting that transcends nationalities. This was a tighter, more stylish film than I thought it would be.
At first I dismissed it as another Human Centipede kind of movie but it is far far better than that. A sleek, sophisticated, stylish thriller.
Sure there's a lot of violence and nudity and shocking moments but it's also a very cool movie and I had no problems watching the characters interact or understanding their intentions.
The director/writer is brilliant and never mind what anyone says about the film being disturbing because it's genius and one of the most original thrillers I've seen in a long long time.
I would equate this more with David Cronenberg's The Fly and Dead Ringers (two films I love) than with anything else. It's main theme of transformation and experimentation resides within both of those films as well, I just wonder what Vera's life would be like after the credits roll. It would be great to see a sequel to this or even a trilogy like The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo which is another disturbingly-beautiful film I would equate this with, but only if the director remained and only if Elena Anaya would continue her role and if the standards of quality both in directing and in writing would not diminish....
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Latest Almodovar March 7 2012
By Harry O - Published on
Format: Blu-ray
It is good to see Antonio Banderas working once again with director Pedro Almodovar, especially since Almodovar seems to bring out the best of Banderas as an actor. The film is certainly a must for Almodovar fans, but, unfortunately, this is not one of his best films. Discussing the film's plot would be a disservice to anyone who has not seen the film: as other reviewers have noted, the less one knows about the film going into it, the better. The Skin I Live In is a bit confusing at first (deliberately so), but by the time we finally get to where we supposed to be going Almodovar seems to have painted himself into a corner and has little direction to go except for the predictable melodrama that ensues. The film contains the wonderful trademark Almodovar use of color (and in the case of this film, lack of color in many scenes to enhance the notion of sterility in all its many forms), but what it sadly lacks are the usual touches of Almodovar playfulness and, especially, humanity. Give it a try, but don't expect it to be in the category of Law Od Desire, Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, All About My Mother, Talk To Her, or Volver.