Saturday, May 26, 2012

The Skin I Live In (2011)

**Sort-of spoilers's hard to review this one without giving some things away**

The Skin I Live In is like a combination of Nip/Tuck, Victim, and Oldboy.  It's a Spanish movie (so be ready for subtitles) about a brilliant plastic surgeon who lost his wife in a car accident.  In memory (honor?) of her, he attempts to make a synthetic skin that can withstand any impact.  Dr. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas) seems to be doing continuous work on a woman that is residing in his home, Vera (Elena Anaya).

This story is a little hard to follow at parts, because it jumps back and forth to different times in Robert's life.  Basically, his wife was nearly killed in the accident, but he rescued her in the last moments of life, hoping to heal her completely.  After hiding her from her deformed face and body for several months, she catches a glimpse of herself, and immediately commits suicide.  The couple's daughter, Norma (Blanca Suarez) is extremely affected by her mother's death, and is committed to a mental institution to recover.

After some time spent there, the doctors at the institution believe that some socialization would be good for Norma, so she accompanies her father to a wedding.  There, she seems to be making fast friends, but is unaware that most of the young adults at the wedding are under the influence of drugs.  She goes on a walk with a boy, who rapes her, leaving her traumatized.

Robert is intent on tracking down the rapist, after he discovers that his daughter now fears all men, and he cannot have a relationship with her.  Once he locates the rapist, he formulates an experimental plan for him...

I can't really say any more without giving away the twists of this movie!  I really liked this flick, and there's great acting all around.  The female star is breathtaking, and Antonio Banderas is so un-cheesy!  It definitely won all those awards for a reason.