The Skin I Live In Blu-ray review

The Skin I Live In

Antonio Banderas escapes the animated claws of Puss In Boots and performs in his mother tongue in Almodovar’s utterly compelling thriller. The ultimate in mad scientists, Robert Ledgard (Banderas) is a pioneering plastic surgeon creating a brand new type of synthetic skin. His guinea pig, the mysterious Vera Cruz (Elena Anaya), is a flawless example of his work but as we slowly unwind her past, we begin to understand the scope of Ledgards talents.

Much like Vera Cruz herself, each shot  of the movie is perfect.  Almodovar has created a world where science is beautifully minimalist,  flawless and perfectly framed. Banderas’ character is meticulous and precise;  his lab is a creative studio as he creates a patchwork of skin like the a scientific Jame Gumb.  Blu-ray is the only way to watch this film: lingering shots of blemish free and beautiful skin fill the frame and there is no better way to see it than in seriously high definition. Cruz is like a walking anime character – shining liquid brown eyes and a flawless complexion. We  always knew Elena Anaya was easy on the eyes already but this is an incredible transformation.

Banderas is entirely convincing as a mad scientist and it’s refreshing to see him in a proper role rather than associated with cat nip. His character is an uneasy blend of obsession for his work and passion for his test subject. Always unsettling and surrounded by an excellent ensemble cast, he truly shines. Almodovar spins his seemingly unconnected characters together with ease and his eye for the absurd is not lost here. A sequence with a man dressed as a tiger, hunting the halls of Ledgards mansion is somehow both ridiculous and terrifying. The Skin I Live In is never an easy watch, it descends rapidly into a surprising psychological horror and the third act is one of the most horrifying and memorable sequences in recent cinema. Torture porn and slashers have nothing on the raw intensity that this film generates. A must see.