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Movie Review: The Skin I Live In

Alternate Title: I've Got You Under My Skin

Story: I am a big fan of director and writer Pedro Almodóvar and give him much latitude when watching one of his films. He is an artist of grand scale and his work grows on you. This film takes awhile to figure out what is going on - but hang in there - it is a bumpy ride - but well worth your time.

I do not want to reveal too much for fear of ruining the movie for you but suffice it to say that plastic surgeon, Dr Robert Ledgard, attempts to fix his disastrous personal knife by using his surgical skills. The film is written and directed by Almodovar and is based on the novel “Mygale,” by Thierry Jonquet.

There are many sudden surprises contrasted with slow to develop revelations. The timeline is not linear and begins sometime in the future and slowly goes back in time to reveal the truth, the pain and the story.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PavJUoZNT7g

Acting: Antonio Banderas as Dr. Robert Ledgard was aptly creepy. Elena Anaya as Vera is absolutely stunning. She was wonderful. Marisa Paredes as housekeeper Marilia was terrific. Jan Cornet as Vicente was perfect.

Predilection: I like Almodovar's films.

Trivia: Pedro Almodovar often uses symbolism and metaphorical techniques to portray circular storylines. His films often portrays strong female characters and transsexuals. He spent 10 years writing the script for Bad Education (2004), during which time he made such acclaimed films such as All About My Mother (1999) and Talk to Her (2002). The script is based upon a short story he wrote as an adolescent, which was based upon his experience at a Catholic boarding school.

Sex Spectrum: There is a violent rape scene.

Soundtrack: Appropriately scary.

Visual Art: As always, Almodovar's films are moving canvases. Director of photography, José Luis Alcaine does a fine job.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 3

Squirm Scale: There are a few very squirmy parts.

Drift Factor: I paid attention - even when I was not sure what was going on.

Predictability Level: Moderate

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Probably not.

Big Screen or Rental: Almodovar's films should be seen on the big screen.

Length: Under two hours.