Robert Ledgard, played by Antonio Banderas, is a brilliant plastic surgeon seemingly keeping a beautiful young woman, Vera, imprisoned in his home. I think the only character you straight out detest is Zeca, and he's played that role so well. So since I’m past the opening paragraph, I will make more liberal use of spoilers. The Skin I Live In – Update (Spoiler, and Trigger Alert) by medievalkarl Posted on August 21, 2013 August 16, 2020. Interesting review. on March 17, 2017 at 1:49 AM Most of his films has got to do with revenge and obsession but this one is definitely the most horrifying revenge that I would not wish on anyone! The Skin I Live In is definitely a big change of pace for the director, but despite the grisly subject matter expect it to have his typical exuberant and fun tone. I have not specifically spoiled either film too much though. The Spanish film The Skin I Live In or La piel que habito is the most bizarre revenge-gone-wrong flick I have ever watched … I should love The Skin I Live In, the Pedro Almodovar film featuring forced femme and role-reversal themes right off the pages of Fictionmania. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Skin I Live In [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] - Alberto Iglesias on AllMusic - 2011 - … Synopsis. la piel que habito the skin i live in antonio banderas pedro almodovar plastic surgery spoilers watercolor waterlogue waterlogged coopertgartist forcedfem , Sexchange , TG December 9, 2015 5 Minutes I should love The Skin I Live In , the Pedro Almodovar film featuring forced femme and role-reversal themes right off the pages of Fictionmania. Apparently, "This Skin I Live In" is a sort of let's say dark movie. The Skin I Live In will have its North American premiere at the Toronto Film Festival and will then be released on October 14th. Click over to read more in-depth descriptions of depravity and unpleasantness, if you're interested. Listen to this episode from Slate's Spoiler Specials on Spotify. The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito, 2:00, R) — other: drama, 3rd string, original Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar has a just reputation for taking women seriously in his films. With a Pedro Almodovar film, we expect voluptuous sexual perversion, devious plot twists, a snaky interweaving of past and present, all painted on a canvas of bright colors with bold art and clothing. Learn more about your ad choices. ( Log Out /  Now, Almodovar may have been going for that, I can’t say. Often, forced femme stories deal with people who we as readers feel deserve what they get, and in Mygale the character is much less blurry in terms of his immorality. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. I watched it long ago. Change ), The Skin I Live In: Off The Mark (Spoilers! I have always found the struggle the most interesting part of these stories– how the guy deals with his new body and face, what pressures and incidents could lead him to accept a new life and even go so far as to offer his woman’s body to the man who gave him a vagina against his will. Does he want revenge? The Skin I Live In Trailer (2011) The trailer for The Skin I Love In . ( Log Out /  The movie is full of great performances, and is very well-constructed, but in the end it just didn’t quite do it for me, and I recently watched the DVD to try and figure out why. We are just eight episodes into season 4 of “The Masked Singer” but two of the three groups of contestants have already been cut in half. roastthemonaspit 10:29, 12 September '11 Couldn't find a thread. ). Here are the before and after shots: In addition to have a very feminine beauty, and it has always been interesting to me to think about what would happen to a straight male’s mind if he found himself pretty, but the actress also has a very small, feminine voice, very much the “little girl voice” often assigned to characters in forced femme stories, so he finds himself not only with a very pretty face, but an extremely feminine voice. It is delicious and fascinating to see when Vera first tries to seduce the surgeon. In a post yesterday on The Parallax View and The Skin I Live In, I wrote. 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. It is very possible that both Vera and the doctor are conflicted, that they don’t know what they want, which is fine, but it is all glossed over, hinted at, and what’s left is a study in characters who are often cold, cruel and detached, who we are the viewers never get to really know and I, at least, didn’t ultimately care about all that much, which reduced the impact of even the moving final scene where Vera, now a woman, goes back and sees his mother for the first time. We are also kept in the dark about Vera’s motives. The Skin I Live In movie reviews and ratings -Frontrowcentre.com rating of 3.93 out of 5 Stars. This connection is driven home as we see the character sitting in poses which are then echoed in classic paintings of female nudes that hand in the surgeon’s palatial home. Press question mark to learn the rest of the keyboard shortcuts. I was stumped for words after I watched it ... my brain is still booting back up... Love the movie. The Skin I Live In Teaser Trailer By Will Chadwick @will_chadwick 10 years ago The Cannes Film Festival is well on its way, beginning the middle of next week. ... a young woman who is described as a member of a Guardian clan that seems to live in the forest and isn’t as technologically advanced as other groups (though still will occasionally use their tech). For much of the movie we see him sitting around reading (women’s fiction), watching television or else passively posing when he knows the doctor is watching him. The Skin I Live In is freely adapted from the novel Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet, and the movie toys with literary reference. I am all for sophisticated storytelling, but I would prefer to be even more confused, for the psychological complexity to be more deeply and fully explored. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices The character, renamed Vera after the sex change, is subtly placed in the context of a storybook damsel in distress, a beautiful female who is trapped in the surgeon (mad wizard’s) tower and subjected constantly to his watchful gaze via cameras in his room. Movies. Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think. Or, has he resigned himself to a woman’s life, and does he truly wish to live with the doctor as the other man’s wife? There's a weird trope for going a "tanned skin" route than to commit a character simply being, in-fact, dark-skinned. Vera even starts to dress and act feminine, wearing flowery dresses and putting on make-up as he seduces and then becomes the lover of the man who turned him into a woman: Now, one of the first disappointments for me comes with how much is not in the movie in terms of seeing the character struggle with the change. Vera becomes the aggressor, pushing his body against the doctor, following him when he tries to retreat, and much like a man insisting “I know that you want me.”  The doctor, we have seen, has been identifying with his creation, even mirroring Vera’s feminine poses: But, and here is another artistic choice that disappoints:  Almodovar is afflicted with the contemporary belief that being artsy and literature means being vague, suggestive and creating works which are indeterminate. Summary: 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. Vera breaks out of his feminine passivity, finally, when he decides to use his curvy new body to try and gain his freedom. Matt reviews Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live In starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, and Blanca Suárez. The scene is disturbing to watch, and would no doubt be a horrifying revelation for a straight man, but again Vera just sits staring blankly. New comments cannot be posted and votes cannot be cast, News & Discussion about Major Motion Pictures, Press J to jump to the feed. Though I usually take pleasure in Almodovar's sexy darkness, this film induces queasiness. His guinea pig: a mysterious and … I have created gender fluid art and fiction for over 15 years and studied it all my life. ( Log Out /  WARNING: This podcast is meant to be heard AFTER you've seen the movie. 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 a Discuss The Skin I Live In. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Well after his daughter has died. That movie really screws and challenges your perceptions of the main characters. The Skin I Live In movie review. This article is within the scope of WikiProject Film.If you would like to participate, please visit the project page, where you can join the discussion and see lists of open tasks and regional and topical task forces.To use this banner, please refer to the documentation.To improve this article, please refer to the guidelines. They do it! Does he want his freedom? Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. ... (Spoiler kinda) posted by lmao7. I think his motivation doesn't matter as he certainly changed along with the events happening. Has he fallen in love with his captor? True, the story goes on over 6 years. But, in any case, I know when I write I enjoy being able to explore the character’s thoughts and mental struggles internally in a way that doesn’t work in film. It’s impossible to talk about these two movies in full without spoiling the big reveal so If you’ve not seen either film, back away quietly. The doctor’s mirroring is never really explored, much like Vera’s own move to seek to seduce him. How could I not love it? Find out if how uncomfortable the Crew was with "The Skin I Live In". Here's a spoiler for you: the internet could stand to chill. The comments on this Atelier character really rubbed me the wrong way. In The Skin I Live In, the character may be innocent. Its a great movie. Join us for a monthly dissection of the ups and downs of queer horror, but know that at no point will we be getting Babashook. Yeah .. and that dude wasn't no rapist either, he was just in the wrong place, at the wrong time, and high AF! Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. But what I can say is that I didn’t love the experience. Don't forget to subscribe to us on Itunes, Twitter @SpecialMarkPro and @SpoilerRoomPDCS and spoilerroom.smp@gmail.com Crew in the Room: Kara, Andrew, and Mark "The Movieman". I’ve spent hundreds of hours reading and enjoying stories like it, often somewhat poorly written stories just like it, which I enjoyed anyway due to the themes, and when I first heard about it I became as excited as I’ve been about anything since the first Lord of the Rings. Crazy stuff. Briefly, because I haven’t finished watching the one yet. ( Log Out /  A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. Menu. Is he suffering from Stockholm Syndrome? The Skin I Live In (Spanish: La piel que habito) is a 2011 Spanish psychological thriller drama film written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, and Roberto Álamo.It is based on Thierry Jonquet's 1984 novel Mygale, first published in French and then in English under the title Tarantula. Definitely one of the biggest mind fucks I've seen yet. I think what Robert wanted was vengeance on that guy. I finally saw this yesterday, hungover which perhaps wasn't the best move but it was so engrossing it didn't really matter. Unnerving yet engrossing, The Skin I Live In is a subtle thriller with a satisfyingly-developed twist. It sounds beautiful and insane at the same time. Other Spanish filmmakers have been chasing it ever since and some of those movies are cool and all (The Body, The Invisible Guest, etc) but nothing has ever come close to the mindfuck you have when you realize what is happening in The Skin I Live In. Recorded March 22, 2019 Spoiled Word: skin The Skin I Live In - SPOILERS PROBABLY. I suppose he was pretty unstable himself. In the book, there were scenes that showed what was happening externally as a result of pressure and conditioning from the doctor; for example, the man being transformed is kept naked and cold, and his only option for warmth is to start using a feminine shawl, so he finally is forced to start curling up in a shawl because he can’t stand the cold. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. I created this blog, and continue to write because I want to connect to people who share my interests, and do my part to make a positive contribution to a gender fluid planet. Now, the actress chosen to play the lead character after his forced sex-change is exquisite. Slate's Dana Stevens and June Thomas discuss Pedro Almodóvar's "The Skin I Live In." The spoiler? That’s pretty much all that can actually be said about The Skin I Live In without significant plot spoilers. In a movie, you’re viewing everything from the outside. And what does he want? Here was a film by one of the great directors of my lifetime, a director who had explored gender themes throughout his career, and he was making a film out of the French noir classic Mygale. To watch someone who probably didn’t have it coming being tortured and cut apart made me feel a little sick. The doctor comes to him at one point and informs him that he will need to start inserting dildos into his new slit, and shows him a collection of dildos that get bigger and thicker, informing him he will need to progress until his new slit can take the biggest, deepest one. Did he rape her? He seems perturbed, and we see his efforts to resist being feminized in mind as well as body here, and in a scene when he shreds a bunch of flowery dresses that have been left for him to wear, but otherwise we don’t see much more in terms of the doctor’s efforts or Vera’s resistance. Lastly, the story, like too much modern art film, hides safely in a world of grey. In a written story, you’re often (especially with first-person) placed directly inside the main character’s mind, so in effect you become that character. Must be seen atleast twice to fully appreciate the structure of the plot. That said, occasionally there is a movie so off-beat, so unpredictable, so mesmerizing, that I really want to reveal as little as possible, it's so much better if you go and find out on your own. I'm not cutting and pasting more from the story because I'm not sure how much of it qualifies as "spoilers." You hate him from the minute he starts talking on that intercom. He is portrayed as a basically decent kid before the incident, and by making him possibly innocent, the story lacks the kind of he deserves it quality that for me makes forced femme stories palatable. He wanted revenge and kinda developed into another kinda feeling which he himself trapped in a lie he wants to believe. The idea that Vera is in shock, suffering PTSD seems very plausible given what he is going through and has been through along the way, including being kidnapped, starved, kept chained up like an animal and then emasculated, and I do not question the likely reality of such a reaction, but it doesn’t work for me in terms of a dramatic choice. Its a twisted movie because it makes you wonder what would you do if a sick surgeon kidnaps you and forces a sex change operation on you?! And I know how some people just hate "spoilers." Hey, Amanda– I do think the lack of insight into the character’s thoughts is a factor for sure. STAFF MOD. Or, is he now forced to use his feminine whiles and pretty face to get what he wants? He later became obsessed with him and gave him the face of dead wife and fell in love with him. One way isn’t necessarily better than the other, but it does make for a very different experience. ***SPOILERS for The Skin I Live In to follow. Possibly my favourite Almodovar since Talk to Her and certainly the most unsettling. Almodvar does it again! 13 votes, 14 comments. Be warned. One reason for your disappointment might have been the fundamental difference between movies and literature. Both The Skin I Live In (2011) and Elizabeth Harvest (2018) is great examples of nightmare scenarios. Release Calendar DVD & Blu-ray Releases Top Rated Movies Most Popular Movies Browse Movies by Genre Top Box Office Showtimes & Tickets Showtimes & Tickets In Theaters Coming … Showing all 3 items Jump to: Summaries (2) Synopsis (1) ... Spoilers. Spoiler, I guess. The latest from Pedro Almodóvar, The Skin I Live In, is just such a film. Thoughts and reviews on genderfluid media. The Skin I Live In (2011) Plot. The camera pans along the town of Toledo in Spain, and across the gated entrance to the clinic/estate known as El Cigarral. I dare you to name a better executed twist in any movie of the past 20 years. But that guy was just being tortured and was not into it. For much of his physical transformation, Vera just seems in a daze, staring out into space with a stunned, glassy face. He had sex with the doctor’s daughter, but it seemed consensual, and she only panicked at the last minute and tried to stop him after he was already in the act. His latest film, "The Skin I Live In," does not disappoint. But, in this film, we don’t see much of that struggle. We see him after getting breast implants, looking stupefied but not reacting or emoting. Unlike much forced femme literature, the character of Vincent/Vera may or may not have had it coming. You no longer have direct access to the main character’s inner thoughts and impressions; instead, everything has to be suggested from the way the actor moves and speaks. I started creating TG art because I am fascinated with questions of identity and gender. Plus there is a Brazilian tiger man in a carnival costume and guns and knives. The synopsis below may give away important plot points. Seriously, there's a bit of a spoiler coming here. The Skin I Live In: Off The Mark (Spoilers!) Isn't Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down on that list of great films too?Or did I not realize you typed the Spanish title? Similarly, when the doctor sends down a bunch of women’s cosmetics and a book on how to put on make-up, Vera sends them back. With Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Jan Cornet, Marisa Paredes. Please read this spoiler for Almodovar's new movie. Yeah totally, I didn't believe it the first time around .. ! And why put him in that ugly flesh-toned body sock, which may be the single least appealing item of clothing I have ever seen in any movie, including Joe Dirt? * This section will contain open spoilers for the Nier Raid in FFXIV. View all posts by coopertgartist. Megaphone.Fm/Adchoices Both the Skin I Live In, is just such a film much!, glassy face n't the best move but it does make for a very different experience much that! 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