What I’m excited about this weekend:
The Skin I Live In at Ciné
Once you’ve filled up on turkey and had enough family time, Thanksgiving weekend is a great time to head to the movies. Pedro Almodovar’s (he’s my favorite director) latest romp premiers at Ciné this weekend. It looks delightfully weird!
THE SKIN I LIVE IN: Spain 2011, 35mm, Color, 117 minutes
SHOWTIMES 11/25-12/1: 5:30p | 8:30p [ ALSO 2:30p - FRI/SAT/SUN ] [ NO SHOW THU 11/24 ]
AWARD NOMINATION: 2011 Cannes Film Festival: Palm d'Or: Pedro Almodóvar
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…
“A scary, sexy and terrifically twisted horror film from the artist known as Pedro Almodóvar, Spain’s stylish maestro of kink and flamboyant emotion. Skin reunites Almodóvar with Antonio Banderas for the first time since 1990’s TIE ME UP! TIE ME DOWN! Director and star still bring out the wicked, badass best in each other.
"Adapting Thierry Jonquet’s novel Mygale, director and co-writer Almodóvar never lets the creeping terror obliterate the bruised humanity of the characters. Few directors have Almodóvar’s skill at swerving from outrageous camp to unspeakable terror without tipping into absurdity. Even when the film’s frigid elegance, perfectly captured by cinematographer José Luis Alcaine, becomes off-puttingly clinical, Almodóvar’s passion burns through. The skin he lives in is alive to challenge no matter what warped form it takes.” - Rolling Stone
“Spanish master filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar offers up a grisly Halloween trick-and-treat in his first full-out horror movie, an eye-popping and genuinely shocking gender-bending twist on Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” Working with his acting mentor for the first time in more than two decades, Antonio Banderas delivers his strongest performance in years as a mad plastic surgeon who has developed a super-durable artificial skin in a highly unethical manner.
“This deeply warped, modern-day take on “Frankenstein” is laced with some camp humor and Almodóvar’s trademark homages to 1950s melodramas. Gorgeously designed and photographed, with a lush score by Alberto Iglesias, this is Almodóvar’s darkest film to date.” - NY Post