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PNFS: The Skin I Live In

PNFS: The Skin I Live In

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  • Wed 7 Mar ’12, 5:30pm
  • Wed 7 Mar ’12, 8:00pm


Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North



Ticket Information:

  • Waged membership: $85.00
  • Unwaged membership: $70.00
  • Triple feature card: $30.00
  • High school student: $30.00

The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodóvar is the Society’s opening film.

Film Society has been able to secure the New Zealand Premiere of The Skin I Live In by Pedro Almodóvar on March 7th. Thanks to Downtown Cinemas for the opening film.

The film has generated some critical debate with some loving it and others a little confused.

A brilliant plastic surgeon, haunted by past tragedies, creates a type of synthetic skin that withstands any kind of damage. His guinea pig: a mysterious and volatile woman who holds the key to his obsession.

What the critics have said:
“Bizarre, shocking, sexy and dark, this is Almodóvar at his brilliant melodramatic best as he toys with themes of obsession, revenge and playing God. Based on a novel by French writer Thierry Jonquet, the story includes many elements that are familiar to lovers of Almodóvar's works, in his construct about a plastic surgeon intent on recreating a resilient artificial skin. In a role that might have been written especially for him, it's a wonderful return to form for Antonio Banderas, in his first film with Almodóvar for over 20 years.”

“An elaborate puzzle box of a film that continuously confounds expectations in the grandest of ways, this tricky masterpiece from Spain's maestro of madness and desire attracts and then dominates every iota of your attention from frame one. Beyond that, it's a spectacularly sensual entertainment, a meditation on the warped exigencies of obsession and revenge, and, above all, a dark and twisted tale of l'amour fou of Jenga-like narrative complexity and lush, crimson visuals. In short, it's the great Almodóvar operating at the top of his craft.”

“There are several genres nimbly folded into “The Skin I Live In,” which might also be described as an existential mystery, a melodramatic thriller, a medical horror film or just a polymorphous extravaganza. In other words, it’s an Almodóvar movie with all the attendant gifts that implies: lapidary technique, calculated perversity, intelligent wit. There’s also beauty and spectacle, of course, especially as embodied by Vera, who usually wears a body stocking with gloves and booties, and knows exactly what she looks like. Watch how she watches Ledgard watching her, a relay of looks that evokes John Berger’s observation: “Men look at women. Women watch themselves being looked at.” Were we born this way or made? Mr. Almodóvar has his ideas, which he playfully explores with each labyrinthine turn.”

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