By Justine Ashley
In 2009, Pedro Almodóvar spoke of a great love for science fiction and horror films. Yet few could anticipate what the Spanish auteur had in store. Imagine the most frightening film you’ve ever seen and chances are ‘Skin’ is far more disturbing. You’ll often find yourself wanting to look away from the screen, which is ironic since the film is an exploration of voyeurism. Regardless of the raw subject matter, it’s clear that the 22-years without an Almodóvar/Antonio Banderas collaboration is a cinematic tragedy.
Banderas stars as Dr. Robert Ledgard, a renowned plastic surgeon who has dedicated himself to finding a tougher form of human skin. Yet he has neglected to inform the medical community that he’s holding a woman (Elena Anaya) captive in order to test his developments on her. During the initial portion of the film, it seems that Robert has some reasonable motivation behind his experiments. He talks of his wife being horribly burned in a car accident before her death and it may be believed that anguish fuels his mania. His attempts to rehabilitate his mentally ill daughter and his growing affection for his prisoner contribute to this.
To see Banderas act in his native Spanish tongue is riveting. As is the fact that even when he is partaking in depraved and inhumane activity, he manages to be alluring. Robert’s grueling surgical experiments and dark obsession with his victim are difficult to stomach but the actor manages to generate sympathy. That is until the rug is yanked out from under the audience. If you prefer a film that won’t haunt you for days…skip this one.
An interview with the director, footage from the NYC Premiere and a making-of.
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Against the Current - the band, not adventures in dangerous swimming 101
Zedd - If our love is tragedy, why are you my remedy? (Well, answer my question!)
Arrow (Okay, Felicity from Arrow!)
Chrissy Costanza (cat eyes and buttery lyrics!)
Girls (TV) (Okay, Allison Williams!)
Movies - especially when they play in the dark.
Twin Peaks (TV)
Friends (TV) (It had me at "No way are you cool enough to pull Clint"; damn straight, Chandler!)
Traveling - preferably where water is, so I can splash someone!
Star Wars trilogy - no, the other one, fella!
Alex G - far more talented than her younger brother Alex H
Cameron Crowe movies - Say Anything..., Jerry Maguire, Almost Famous
The sign 'Free Wi-Fi'.
Reenacting dance/song scenes from "Grease" with my little girl (hey! Wait till you see my 'Summer Lovin'! - don't judge)
Die Hard - 40 stories of Sheer Adventure!
Alex Goot & Friends (his enemies aren't half as talented!)
Cooking up a nice dish and sitting in the entertainment area, on a cool night, basking in it's greatness.
Inflatable kids pools full of Vodka Lime Crush.
Acidic Email from angry, over passionate teenagers after I trash something "Twilight"-related on the site. Sparkle elsewhere.
My baby girl's big, caring heart.