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The Skin I Live In: A lighter effort from Pedro Almodovar

Antonio Banderas and Elena Anaya in a scene from "The Skin I Live In"

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics

2 out of 4 stars

Country
USA
Language
English

Directed by Pedro Almodovar (Spain)

More pot-boiling from Spain's master of convoluted melodrama, Almodovar's adaptation of Thierry Jonquet's novel Mygale is a gender-bending sci-fi hybrid starring Antonio Banderas as a plastic surgeon and grieving widower. Holed up in his Toledo mansion with his tart-tongued housekeeper (Marisa Paredes) and a beautiful imprisoned woman (Elena Anaya), he develops a new synthetic skin which can help burn victims. The revelation of a gruesome back story seems, often, to serve as much for laughs as for dramatic heft in what is one of Almodovar's lighter efforts.

Sept. 11, 10 p.m., Princess of Wales; Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m., Lightbox 2

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