The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) – Directed by Pedro Almodóvar – 2011


The Skin I Live In (La Piel Que Habito) is a 2011 film by the spanish master Pedro Almodóvar. The film tells the bizarre story of a man who creates a woman from a man he believes raped his psychologically damaged daughter who then killed herself. The man is also a brilliant scientist who through illegal experiments in transgenisis (genetic mutation) has developed a new skin that is resistant to burns and insect bites.

The film is similar to Almodóvar’s previous work in that explores taboo relationships and obsessions. What I noticed most about the film was its incredible use of colour and lighting. The whole film is incredibly shot, each frame could be a photo in its own right.

Almodóvar is rare that he is so bold with his use of colour, many directors tend to shy away from it as it can make the shots confusing an distract from the plot. However instead Almodóvar enriches his work with colour and adds an emotional depth and heightened sense of suspense.


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