A film I’d easily compare to Straw Dogs - Pauline Kael famously said that film was a fascist work of art. This: sexual fascism, disguised under cuts and methodical bruises, as art. Frankly, I have nothing good to say. Needlessly beautiful, hopelessly erotic. A triumph of desire over the imagination like de Sade on a tirade, or Bunuel unhinged from even his propriety. There’s evil, here, Almodovar wants you to find.
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Wow. A total knockout. This is not only one of the darkest and most twisted films Almodovar has made, it's one of the craziest movies I've ever seen. I had a physiological reaction to this film. Almodovar found a way to crawl under my skin and never left me alone. He has crafted a masterpiece in fear and tension that is unlike his other. Match Point is to Woody Allen what The Skin I Live in is to Pedro Almodovar.
Quite an interesting movie which reminded me a little of Solaris in its first half. In the second it takes quite a turn though which is very exciting at first, but it just stretches on a little too long. I have to add to this however that Banderas did a stellar job. Prior to this film I'd never taken him seriously as an actor.
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.