The Skin I Live In is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller film directed by Pedro Almodóvar and starring Antonio Banderas. The film is loosely based on the novel Mygale by Thierry Jonquet.
The story follows a brilliant plastic surgeon named Robert Ledgard (Banderas) who has dedicated his life to creating a new type of synthetic skin that can withstand any type of damage. However, his obsession with his work leads him down a dark path, as he becomes fixated on a young woman named Vera (Elena Anaya) who is being held captive in his home.
The film explores themes of identity, obsession, revenge, and control, as the story unfolds through a series of nonlinear flashbacks and shocking revelations.
The Skin I Live In received positive reviews from critics, with praise directed towards Almodóvar’s direction, Banderas’ performance, and the film’s stylish and provocative visuals. The film was also noted for its daring and boundary-pushing approach to its subject matter, which pushed the limits of the thriller genre.
The Skin I Live In is a dark and unsettling film that offers a disturbing and thought-provoking exploration of the human psyche and the nature of identity. It is not for the faint of heart, but for those who can handle its provocative themes and graphic imagery, it is a masterful and unforgettable work of cinema.
Original name: La piel que habito
Duration: 120 min.