The Skin I Live In

Co-presented by Friday Night Frights

“There are several genres nimbly folded into The Skin I Live In, which might also be described as an existential mystery, a melodramatic thriller, a medical horror film or just a polymorphous extravaganza. In other words, it’s an Almodóvar movie with all the attendant gifts that implies: lapidary technique, calculated perversity, intelligent wit.” – Manohla Dargis

There are times at which The Skin I Live in feels so absurd, so ignorant of its audience’s propensity for obedience, that the film threatens to leap into madness and lose all credibility. Pedro’s foray into horror packs more plot twists than you’ll know what to do with, with each reveal more shocking than the last – but even a skeptic can’t help but be taken in by this tale’s absurd twists, masterfully orchestrated with flashbacks and surveillance cameras, all the while recalling the Master of Suspense and touchstone Vertigo. Mad scientist Antonio Banderas is a truly repulsive figure, but he’s magnetic nonetheless, reminding us that the way men and women look at each other – in every variation of this gesture under the sun – is Almodóvar’s bread and butter.

Dir. Pedro Almodóvar, 2011, 35mm, 120 min.

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