La Piel que Habito (The Skin I Live In) is Pedro Almodovar’s latest film released in late 2011. After 21 years, Antonio Banderas and Almodovar work together in this dark film. The difference in The Skin I Live In from the rest of his films is the scientific aspect he exposes in the story; however, this film stands alone from his others story lines like Volver, Todo Sobre Mi Madre, Mujeres Al Borde de un Ataque de Nervios, and Hable Con Ella.
The Skin I Live has elements inspired from the French novel, Tarantula and the 1960s French film, Eyes without a Face.
Robert Ledgard (Banderas) is a successful doctor that created a skin that could never burn. Ledgard is a role model among his colleagues, but he has terrible secret. Years ago, Robert used to be a man that had it all: happiness, a family, and tranquility. After a terrible accident, he is widower with a young daughter that never fully recuperates from her nervous breakdown. Then tragedy strikes again when his daughter commits suicide. Ledgard’s turns his depression into a wicked plan which he will pour his desperation, insanity, and revenge into Vera (Elena Anaya).
If you have never seen an Almodovar film, then get caught up and watch his films.