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The Skin I Live In

(La Piel Que Habito)

Director: Pedro Almodovar
Spain 2011
117 minutes
Cert: 16
Pedro Almodóvar's macabre suspense thriller is about an obsession that, though not exactly magnificent, has a fanatical intensity.

Antonio Banderas plays a Madrid plastic surgeon, wealthy, cultured and respected. In his palatial home, he has a private operating theatre where he carries out experimental work on Vera, a beautiful woman he keeps prisoner, who is dressed only in a clinging gauzy, flesh-toned material and whose skin has an unnaturally smooth, flawless look. She appears to submit ecstatically to her imprisonment, but this is finally to be the cause of madness and violence.