Film Night: The Skin I Live In

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On Seat's Edge - The Art of the Thriller

The Skin I Live In (2011) - Pedro Almodóvar.

'The things the love of a mad man can do.' The Skin I Live In takes us into a territory as dark and beautiful as a funereal orchid and as clean and precise as a scalpel. The Award winning Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar's late masterpiece blends the high-camp melodrama of his early classics with a chilling medical horror to create an unforgettable hybrid. The tale follows the ilicit experiments conducted in the mansion of the secretive Doctor Robert Ledgard, who is haunted by the car accident which disfigured his wife years earlier. The Doctor attempts to create an artificial skin which will not only assist in the healing of injuries but will remain sensitive to touch. What follows is a twisting story of revenge, grief, desire and the madness born of love lost. With an incredible performance from long time Almodóvar collaborator Antonio Banderas as the Doctor, and Elena Anaya as the mysterious patient, Skin pushes the boundaries of the psychological thriller as it forces us to question all existing notions of gender, medicine and of course, desire...

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