Pedro Almodovar's latest Spanish melodrama reunites him with Antonio Banderas, who appeared he launched in a series of zany / kinky / dark comedies & in the late 80s (notably, 1986's Matador & 1990's Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down).
Based on Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale, Almodovar will apply his offbeat melodramatic sensibilities to this revenge thriller about a plastic surgeon's (Antonio Banderas) hunt for the man who raped his daughter (Elana Anaya). Pretty standard territory for Almodovar...
I'm a big fan of Almodovar's more heartfelt work (particularly Talk to Her), and his films are always gorgeous and polished, but I found 2009's Broken Embraces self-indulgent, self-important, high on style and low on substance. It also strangely undermined Penelope Cruz's talent by turning her into countless reincarnations of male fantasies.
Happy to give The Skin I Live In a fair bash, though.
I love how there is always somehow a trace of Almodovar's background in underground, punk & comic books in his style.