La piel que habito (The Skin I Live In). 2011. Spain. Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar. With Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet. DCP. In Spanish; English subtitles. 120 min.
Robert Legard (Antonio Banderas), an eminent plastic surgeon, turns his mysterious mansion into an underground operating room where he unscrupulously seeks to create a skin that could have saved his deceased wife, who was badly burned in an accident. Vera (Elena Anaya), with a shocking past to be revealed later, is Legard’s involuntary specimen and captive human sculpture. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s French novel Mygale (titled Tarantula for its English translation), this film reunites Almódovar with Banderas for the first time since Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down! (1990), which also dealt with the story of a captor and his captive. The Skin I Live In is a psychological thriller and horror story of unmatched cruelty and madness.