The Skin I Live In

October 14th 2011
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 117 min,
  • Sony Pictures Classics
  • Cast: Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Blanca Suárez, Marisa Paredes, Fernando Cayo, Eduard Fernández, Bárbara Lennie, Jan Cornet, José Luis Gómez, Isabel Blanco, Susi Sánchez, Roberto Álamo, Ana Mena, Buika, Teresa Manresa, Violaine Estérez, Guillermo Carbajo, Sheyla Fariña, David Vila, Jordi Vilalta
  • Director: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Writers: Pedro Almodóvar, Thierry Jonquet
  • Producers: Agustín Almodóvar, Esther Garcia
  • Associate Producer: Barbara Peiró
  • Art Direction: Carlos Bodelón
  • Casting: Luis San Narciso
  • Costume Design: Paco Delgado
  • D.O.P.: José Luis Alcaine
  • Editor: José Salcedo
  • Makeup: Silvie Imbert
  • Music: Alberto Iglesias
  • Production Design: Antxón Gómez


Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonia Banderas), 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 a further three 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... Loosely based on Thierry Jonquet's 1995 novel "Mygale."

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Galicia, Spain; Madrid, Spain
  • MPAA Warning: Disturbing violent content including sexual assault, strong sexuality, graphic nudity, drug use and language
  • Production Budget: $13 million
  • Production Companies: El Deseo S.A.
  • Production Schedule: 23 August 2010 - 19 November 2010

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2011 Guide Analysis: "A distinct change of pace for the wacky Spanish filmmaking genius mostly known for his genre-bending upbeat stories fusing elements of family, desire, sexuality, wacky comedy, ghosts and metaphors galore. Here though, we have a revenge film that Almodóvar himself describes as a "horror story without screams or shocks". He admits this is the "harshest" film he’s ever done and one that comes close to the "terror genre".

Yet Almodóvar is famed for defying convention with his films, so hopefully he can bring fresh air to a genre that's so often stuck in predictable formula. Loosely based on crime novelist Theirry Jonque‘s 2005 book “Tarantula”, the story's details sound surprisingly extreme while early photos and promo artwork show a distinctly creepy vibe.

More exciting is the re-teaming of Banderas and Almodóvar, the actor being the filmmaker's staple lead throughout much of his 80's work. The last time they collaborated on screen was 1990's memorable "Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down", so many hope this will potentially be up there with some of their best work. The film is slated to have its world premiere at Cannes in May which is when we'll get a good idea of what to expect."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 17 August 2011: France
  • 26 August 2011: Ireland, UK
  • 2 September 2011: Spain
  • 8 September 2011: Czech Republic, Hungary
  • 15 September 2011: Russia
  • 16 September 2011: Poland
  • 22 September 2011: Argentina
  • 23 September 2011: Italy
  • 29 September 2011: Denmark
  • 14 October 2011: Brazil
  • 20 October 2011: Germany
  • 17 November 2011: Portugal
  • 1 December 2011: Hong Kong
  • 2 December 2011: Sweden