Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her. After twelve years, he manages to cultivate a skin that is a real shield against every assault. In addition to years of study and experimentation, Robert needed three more things: no scruples, an accomplice and a human guinea pig. Scruples were never a problem. Marilia, the woman who looked after him from the day he was born, is his most faithful accomplice. And as for the human guinea pig...
Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
Only someone as talented as Almodovar could have mixed such elements without blowing up an entire movie.Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter, 11.03.2011
This film, by turns macabre, melodramatic, and gothic, makes the heart race and the skin crawl.Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer, 11.03.2011
These are questions one is left with -- and that's not an entirely satisfying feeling. Yet it's hard not to be drawn into the story, and even more, into the gorgeous storytelling.Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post, 11.04.2011
Despite its scalpel-like precision, pic falls short of its titular promise, never quite getting under the skin as it should.Justin Chang, Variety, 11.03.2011