2019 Film Reviews – 55: Live Flesh [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 1997]

It’s interesting to revisit Live Flesh now that we have enough perspective to see it as representative of the middle phase of Almodóvar‘s career: it mostly dispenses with the high camp of the likes of Women On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown, yet it possesses a quirkiness that sets it apart from the man’s recent, quieter fare, such as Pain & Glory and Julieta. … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 55: Live Flesh [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 1997]

2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

It’s a testament to Almodóvar’s skills as a storyteller – and to the trust he places in his team – that one of the most memorable sequences in Pain & Glory was written a mere day before it was filmed, in response to the director seeing how a particular actress played her character. The scene in question – wherein Antonio Banderas’ frustrated movie-maker confronts his … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 53: Pain & Glory [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2019]

Film Review: The Skin I Live In / La Piel Que Habito [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2011]

A sense of camp horror (or should that be ‘a camp sense of horror’?) has lurked in the background of several Almodóvar movies, but here it’s allowed to take centre stage in an engrossing, flashback-heavy tale of a plastic surgeon’s attempts to create artificial skin. Antonio Banderas is suitably creepy in the lead role and Elena Anaya is a vision of flawless, silver screen beauty … Continue reading Film Review: The Skin I Live In / La Piel Que Habito [dir. Pedro Almodóvar; 2011]