Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Most Anticipated Films Of 2011: Gabe's #10


10. THE SKIN I LIVE IN
I've never been a HUGE fan of Pedro Almodovar, but from a distance, I can appreciate his skill with narrative and shot composition. Almodovar's films rest on intense emotionality and his intoxicating use of color, and I focus on those elements more than the central melodramas. I haven't seen an Almodovar film for awhile, though in the back of my mind, I always felt like I knew what to expect with his work.

That feeling isn't a part of my thoughts regarding "The Skin I Live In." I first heard about this project at the beginning of the decade, when Almodovar had purchased the source material, a book called "Tarantula." This might be translators screwing with things, because I've heard vastly different interpretations of what the film might be. At the time, I had heard that the story was to be a freakish nightmare, revolving around a surgeon who captures his wife's rapist and sexually mutilates him to the point where he becomes an entirely new freak of nature, which the surgeon would then fall for. Among the many different interpretations, the one I'm familiar with now still involves Cronenbergian body horror, but it involves the surgeon caring for his wife after a horrible attack by trying to surgically develop a new skin for her.

Either premise, or a marriage of the two, certainly skeeves me out, and seeing Almodovar exit his comfort zone to create something like this certainly intrigues me. Can't wait.

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