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Live Flesh

Carne trémula

Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Spain, France, 1997
Drama, Thriller, Romance


Víctor falls hard for Elena, but she doesn’t reciprocate his feelings. She does, however, have feelings for David, a policeman who arrives to break up an argument between her and Víctor. That encounter however takes an unexpected turn that leads these characters down a dark, twisty path.

Live Flesh Directed by Pedro Almodóvar
Live Flesh, Almodóvar’s best movie since Women On The Verge of A Nervous Breakdown, puts a dazzling end to nine years of helpless noodling between the split ends of his sensibility: the taboo-busting sex romps of Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down and the appalling Kika, and the Sirk-inspired melodrama of High Heels and the underrated Flower Of My Secret. Rather than choosing one side or the other, Almodóvar’s solution this time is a reckless, kitchen-sink approach, and his desperate energy pays off.
March 29, 2002
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It’s arguably Almodóvar’s best film since Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown. The films in between have all had brilliant moments or sections, but Live Flesh is a fully realized work, a sustained examination of how betrayal, guilt, revenge, desire and loss relate to love. It is a complex and moving film that is beautiful to look at. You’ll want to see it again.
April 01, 1998
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If Live Flesh is predictable in its sumptuous visual style and extravagant emotionality, it strikes new ground in its restrained approach to plot and character, its use of untested actors and its appeal to social and historical issues untouched by the director’s previous films.
March 01, 1998
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