Although there have been numerous teasers, clips, and images released for Pedro Almodovar’s upcoming psychological thriller The Skin I Live In, it is still difficult to discern exactly what the film is about. With the premiere of the U.S. trailer for the film on Yahoo! Movies we are not given a whole lot more information. Luckily there is a synopsis to accompany it this time so we get a better picture of what exactly is going on.
Like most of Almodovar’s works the film appears to have been culled from his wonderful imagination and appears to have a slightly surrealistic quality. The trailers indicate a creepy, sexy tone that could work excellent with a smoldering Antonio Banderas in the lead. Early reviews at the Cannes Film Festival were lukewarm with many who claim to be Almodovar fans giving it good reception and others saying it was more alienating. I have not seen enough of his films to have any preformed opinions about this film, but what I have seen of it interests me enough to throw it on my growing Fall anticipation list.
Check out the official synopsis below and see the official U.S. trailer after that. Let me know your thoughts on Almodovar and your excitement or apprehension about The Skin I Live In in the comments.
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig…
The Skin I Live In will receive a limited U.S. release on October 14, 2011.