The Skin I Live In

2011 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD

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The Skin I Live In

2011 R 2h 0m Blu-ray / DVD
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Brilliant plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard seeks to overcome the grief of his late wife's disfigurement in a fiery car crash by inventing skin that's impervious to injury. But his experiments on a living woman hasten his descent into madness.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1
English, English SDH, French
Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating Not for kids
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this boundary-pushing drama/thriller from celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (and starring Antonio Banderas) is arguably his most perverse, controversial film to date, even more so than 2004's Bad Education. It contains kidnapping, graphic rape, nudity, sex, burn victims, murder, blood, pill-popping, and a forced sex-change operation, as well as supernatural elements and themes borrowed from the Frankenstein story. The English subtitles contain a few strong words, including "f--k" and "c--t."

Sexual Content

A man has sex with his daughter's rapist, whom he has forced into having a sex change. Several scenes of female toplessness and naked bottoms. There's a teen "orgy" in the woods, though nothing is shown other than the movement of bodies from a distance and "sexy" moaning sounds. Oral sex and teens with more than one partner are suggested. Some sex talk.


Very intense. A young man is kidnapped and chained to a wall. After a while, he's forced to undergo sex-change surgery and endless plastic surgery to change his appearance. There's one full-on rape scene (with clothes tearing and repeated thrusting motions) and another attempted rape. Several characters are shot and killed, with lots of blood. A woman tries to kill herself; viewers see cuts all over her body. A burn victim kills herself after seeing her reflection in a window.


Language (in Spanish with English subtitles) is strong but not constant; words include "f--k," "s--t," and "c--t."

Social Behavior

Most of the behavior here is cruel and vindictive, and some of the motivation is bitter revenge.


Not applicable.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A young man takes too many pills and confesses to being "high" during a party. He boasts at a later period that he has not taken any pills in "a week."

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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