Pedro Almodóvar’s films have always been a little on the edge — some more so than others (witness ‘Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!) — and his latest, ‘The Skin I Live In,’ looks to be a boundary pusher for the Spanish director.
Almodóvar reunites with Antonio Banderas in an adaptation of author Thierry Jonquet’s dark 1995 novel ‘Mygale,’ in which an unhinged plastic surgeon — a kind of modern day Dr. Frankenstein — develops a synthetic skin using a captive woman as his guinea pig. There’s plenty of subplots, too, such as revenge exacted for the rape of the doctor’s daughter.
The film premiered at this years Festival de Cannes — to mixed reviews — and it will make its North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival before arriving in art houses Oct. 14.
This trailer — in Spanish only, without subtitles — certainly gives us a whiff of what the film has in store for us: a mix of sci-fi horror, thriller, melodrama and suspense. And unlike American trailers — with brass- and drum-heavy musical explosions, this trailer comes at you with a hypnotic musical backbeat.
The trailer is, as they say, NSFW.
Read the official synopsis, then check out the trailer after the jump.
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 12 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 …
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