Pedro Almodovar's The Skin I Live In finds him joining forces with Antonio Banderas for the first time in over 20 years. Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon who has invented a type of fake skin that is more durable than real skin. But he achieves this breakthrough with the assistance of Vera (Elena Anaya), a young woman he's keeping locked up in his mansion. The only person who knows about this unusual arrangement is his maid, Marilia (Marisa Paredes). But his secret, as well as additional sins of the past he's desperate to keep hidden, bubble to the surface when Marila's criminal son shows up with a gun, forces his way into Vera's room, and attempts to rape her. The Skin I Live In played at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi
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I usually can go along with Almodovar's films no matter how bizzare they can be, especially his comedies but this flick stretched the credibility factor too far. Also too many subplots ruined it for me so that I got bored and cut off the movie. I guess even a genius like him strikes out sometimes.
Fascinating movie, I agree with the people who say that you must be a fan of the Almodovar movies to truly appreciate this one, so unusual and the actors of course are stunning and love, love, love Antonio Banderas!! Really could have done without the "Tiger". But overall great movie.