The Skin I Live In, a Spanish-made drama film, details the bizarre account of one surgeon’s nightmare-turned-reality. The film is loosely based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel Tarantula. Described by director Pedro Almodóvar as a “horror movie story without screams and fright”, The Skin I Live In takes you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion and sexual deprivation.
Set in Toldeo, Spain, Dr. Ledgard has made a monumental scientific discovery when he cultivates a skin that cannot burn. To test his many hypothesis’, he has taken captive a young woman whom he frequently conducts experiments on. While Robert is away on vacation, the son of one of the servants arrives and asks to house him for a few days while he lays low. On learning knowledge of the female captive, he finds and rapes her. With impeccable timing, Robert returns to find the servants son raping his captive and without hesitation, kills him.
After the incident, the servant Marilia (Maris Paredes) tells the captive that she is indeed Robert’s father and that the motivation for this experiments stem from his wife’s suicide. After being burned in a terrible car accident, she took one look at her face and jumped out of a window to her death. When their daughter Norma (Blanca Suarez) attends her father’s wedding, she is followed by a man to the garden where he attempts to rape her. She is left unconscious and when she awakes and see’s her father, believes he is her rapist. Dr. Ledgard then sets out on a journey to find the rapist and make him pay in the most unimaginable way possible.
Directed by Pedro Almodóvar, this is the first collaboration with his former regular cast-mate Banderas in nearly 21 years. Played by the reputable Antonio Banderas, Robert Ledgard seeks to bring his deceased wife back to life in an almost Frankenstien-fashion. The Skin I Live In will engage audiences of all types with its witty storytelling and dark demeanor.