The Skin I Live In

BBFC RatingThe Skin I Live In

The Skin I Live In
GenreDrama, Horror, Thriller
DirectorPedro Almodóvar
CountrySpain, USA
Running Time2HR
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonFilm Feels - Obsession

As part of our Obsession season, QFT gives you another chance to see Pedro Almodóvar’s chilling and perfectly crafted masterpiece from 2011.

Dominated as it is by macabre obsessions and mad science, The Skin I Live In may have seemed like a departure for writer-director Pedro Almodóvar. But the film, adapted from a novel by Thierry Jonquet, is perfectly in keeping for the man behind such acclaimed films as Talk to Her, Volver and Broken Embraces. Like those films, The Skin I Live In is fixated on sex, death and betrayal. And while it flirts with the aesthetics of horror and science fiction, it is every bit as vividly realised as anything Almodóvar has created. 

Antonio Banderas plays Robert Ledgard, a surgeon who has developed a burn-proof skin tissue. As the film unfolds, Ledgard's motivations will come into question, and so will his relationships to his assistant, Marilla (Marisa Paredes) and to the young woman (Elena Anaya) who appears to be a prisoner in his estate. 

Described by Almodóvar as “a horror story without screams or frights,” The Skin I Live In is as unsettling as it is beautiful, connecting a tangled web of influences into a truly singular film – the kind of film that could only come from Spain's mad scientist of the cinema. 

Almodóvar’s highly anticipated new film, Pain and Glory, also starring Banderas, will be released in August.

This screening is part of Film Feels: Obsession, a UK-wide cinema season, supported by the National Lottery and BFI Film Audience Network. Explore all films and events at



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