Describing his latest work, Pedro Almodovar said, “…(it) will be a terror film, without screams or scares. It’s the harshest film I’ve ever written, and Banderas’ character is brutal.” Based on Thierry Jonquet’s novel, Mygale (though some sources list a different novel, Tarantula, and both synopses seem to fit), The Skin I Live In reunites the director with frequent collaborator Antonio Banderas. Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a plastic surgeon whose wife was horribly burned in a car crash. Obsessed with creating a new skin for her, the doctor is also carrying out some dark vendetta against the man who raped his daughter.
Here are a couple of production stills:
But it’s this quick teaser that gives one a deliciously evil feeling about what’s to come:
And it does exactly what it should do, it teases us into wanting more. Man, do I want more.
The Skin I Live In also stars Elena Anaya (Van Helsing, Sex and Lucia, Talk to Her), Marisa Paredes (Life is Beautiful, All About My Mother, The Devil’s Backbone), José Luis Gómez (Goya’s Ghosts, Broken Embraces) and Eduard Fernández (Biutiful) and will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival. The U.S. release is set for November 18, 2011.