Edited by Solomon on 3/1/2017, 12:17 pm
Author: msroz from United States
27 February 2017
"The Skin I Live In" (2011) qualifies as a neo-noir, I'd say, and so do some critics. It's also like a Hitchcock picture. It's best to see this without knowing the story. Even telling you the genre might be too much. But being neo-noir lets you in on the possibility of darker mentalities, darker goings-on, criminal behavior, obsession and the like. I went into it knowing nothing. All you need to know is that the film is of high quality. The acting is excellent. Banderas is intense and convincing. He runs a clinic with one patient, played by an actress, Elena Anaya, who is equally strong in her part. His mother (Marisa Paredes) assists him.
Banderas plays a highly-skilled surgeon, up on the very forefront of operations that involve skin grafts, new skin, sex changes, and use of genetic materials from other animals. He's not a Doctor Moreau, not a vivi-sectionist, but you'd be forgiven if you happened to be reminded of such.
The sets are beautiful. Everything is immaculate in the clinic. There is one sequence that's the opposite, which takes place in a dungeon. The story includes a few other locations, but predominantly we are in this mansion-clinic accessed by a long road with gates.
The IMDb rating is 7.6, which is on target in suggesting an above-average movie.