Pedro Almodóvar is one of the most important filmmakers from Spain since Luis Buñuel. He emerged as an artist during ‘La Movida’, a term used to describe the changes in Spanish culture as a result of the end of a long dictatorship under Franco.
Spaniards wanted to send the world a different image and Almodóvar presented Spain, more specifically Madrid, as a cultural force. All these changes are somehow reflected in almost all of Almodóvar’s films. His characters want to be heard, they have loved and suffered a great deal in order to achieve a sense of themselves and they are as intricate as the story they tell.
Almodóvar’s visual style is filled with images that tell a story that lies beneath the surface…
Almodóvar films are an ode to women and freedom of expression; a truthful representation of life at its highest and lowest, with a touch of sarcasm. His visual style is filled with images that tell a story that lies beneath the surface, portraying emotions and juxtaposing pain with irony, modern with classic.
Pedro Almodóvar is a great filmmaker not only because of his elaborate stories or colourful visuals, but also because he is able to create a world in which human behaviour is praised, questioned and mocked in order to obtain truthfulness, always with a touch of red.
There is no doubt that the strength of The Skin I Live In is dependent on its cast and their superb performances…
In his latest film La Piel Que Habito (The Skin I Live In) Almodóvar goes back to his roots. The film is a melodramatic story that also relies heavily on dark satire, but it never loses its aim, which is to present the spectators with a moral dilemma. Antonio Banderas plays a disturbed doctor that manages to not lose credibility as a character, throughout the film. Marisa Paredes is also part of the cast and as usual, is a perfect fit for a story that requires her character to be just a little loopy. Performances by Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet should also be highlighted. There is no doubt that the strength of The Skin I Live In is dependent on its cast and their superb performances.
The atmosphere Almodóvar creates is one he has been trying to achieve for a long time. The dark yet funny parts are an echo of his early work, filled with comedy and the absurd. The second half of his career, starting with La Flor de mi Secreto, points towards a different direction; his style became refined and precise. His dialogues were no longer over the top. The films that came after were missing some of Almodovar’s gloomiest sense of humour, even though some of them had one or two scenes that stocked a few.
With The Skin I live In, Almodóvar is able to reach far beyond his imagination…
With The Skin I live In, Almodóvar is able to reach far beyond his imagination; he presents a film that is an amalgam of both absurd and funny, dark and social, creating a piece that is impossible to classify. A film that is captivating despite its tones and different wavelengths, but that is also able to spark thoughts of what it means to be oneself and not anybody else.