The Skin I Live In: movie review
Almodóvar's latest film 'The Skin I Live In' is a black comedy that has shades of sci-fi and horror.
Antonio Banderas plays a famous plastic surgeon who has been developing a way of strengthening human skin using animal genes.
Jeered by the medical community, he retreats to his mansion on the outskirts of Toledo , where he perfects his theories on the beautiful Vera (Elena Anaya ), a woman, wrapped in a body stocking, who he keeps captive while performing experiments in his private operating theater.
Almodóvar has always had a flair for transforming Hollywood kitsch.
Here he mainlines sci-fi and horror.
You can pick out the many references to everything from “Frankenstein” and "Vertigo" to Georges Franju ’s French horror classic “Eyes Without a Face.”
Almodóvar’s creepy derangements take too long to come into focus; the first half of the movie, especially, is unnecessarily confusing.
But it all achieves a loony unity by the end, even though what is being unified is not altogether palatable.
Grade: B+ (Rated R for disturbing violent content, including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use, and language.)