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.
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A deliciously campy, fucked-up little Gothic horror. Forgive me, Pedro, for doubting you during the first act - it soon reaches peak Almodóvar. Shooting it as a period piece, perhaps even in monochrome, would have been an interesting experiment in noir pastiche. (4.5)
Got it just right. Exquisitely well paced, sensitive performances and an eerie overall atmosphere reflected in the design and direction. Stark, chilling, menacing and deeply disturbing. The story's isolated, sanitised nature perfectly creates the constant feeling of impending dread. Maybe as good as its original influence 'Les Yeux Sans Visage'.
Almodovar shakes himself out of a rut with one of his most shocking films. This is a "gender studies horror movie" much the same way that Peeping Tom is a "media theory horror movie." The horror comes from a morbid interplay between inner identity and outward appearance—and how we're stuck with one even if it doesn't fit the other. One of the most lucid, purposeful, & unshakable of his films.
yes, Almodovar has a new masterpiece. it's a shocking, impressive and, at the same time, touchy story, with something of Hitchcock and Cronenberg inside - but, most of all, is a strong and well succeed Almodovar
This is genius work. I came to say some things but surprisingly, all of them are already here. I am not a big fan of Almodovar (except for Volver), but this film left me speechless. At the same time that I feel like I could write a 200 page review on it, I can barely find the words to describe it.