I rarely write reviews of films, let alone publish them, but Pedro Amoldovar‘s THE SKIN I LIVE IN blew me away from the very first time I saw it at a press screening at the New York Film Festival a few weeks ago. Being one of my most anticipated films this year, along with Roman Polanski‘s CARNAGE, David Cronenberg‘s A DANGEROUS METHOD, Tomas Alfredson‘s TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY, Lars Von Trier‘s MELANCHOLIA, Steve McQueen‘s SHAME and David Fincher‘s THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO, THE SKIN I LIVE IN was an unforgettable experience, vivid, profound and simply inspiring. I saw it again earlier this evening with some filmmaker friends and again, it did not hesitate to blow me away. So I thought to myself, “I simply have to write about it and share it with the world“. So here goes:
Pedro Almodovar‘s THE SKIN I LIVE IN is a triumph in every way. Riveting from start to finish, this film will have you on the edge of your seat for the entire journey. One of my favorite films in, dare I say it, years, THE SKIN I LIVE IN is refreshingly original and strangely profound. The film explores some pretty dark territory but is quite simply perfect with a brilliant script, flawless acting, stunning cinematography, a captivating musical score and much more.
This film is certainly not for everyone, but I cannot stop recommending it. As I have read in other reviews and completely agree, this original piece of filmmaking makes for a very refreshing change in a year crammed with ‘safe’, cookie-cutter films that doesn’t hesitate to be stagnant and quite simply uninteresting. Amoldovar brings you into this rich, vibrant and believable world and takes you on a journey you will not forget.
A filmmaking gem! I could go on, but all I will say is: go see it if you haven’t.