The skin I Live In is an exciting Spanish science-psychological thriller of 2011 movie, written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar, starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya, Marisa Paredes, Jan Cornet, and Roberto. Based on Thierry Jonquet’s 1984 novel Mygalese, first published in French and then in English under the title Tarantula.
The film Almodóvar is based on Thierry Jonquet’s book “Mygale”. Plus, a horror film with no slasher violence features. And that’s what makes this film so shocking and shocking. Like the film Almodóvar, it is full of sexuality, corruption, distortion, and power. So, let’s start with him on this journey with the mind of a sick doctor.
The Skin I Live In Synopsis
Plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard successfully developed artificial skin that is resistant to burns and insect bites, which he calls “GAL”, which he says he used to test for arthritis in rats. He presents his findings at a medical symposium but when he privately discloses and performs non-traditional and illegal experiments on humans, he is not allowed to continue his research.
In his secluded place, Ledgard keeps a girl named Vera in custody, assisted by one of his servants, Marilia. As a result of the suspension of his official examination, Ledgard asks Marilia to dismiss the other servants.
When Ledgard is out, Marilia’s estranged son Zeca, who is a gangster, arrives wearing a leopard costume and asks his mother to hide him for a few days. He sees Vera on Ledgard’s security camera screens and wants to see her in person. When Marilia refuses to let him stay with him, he grabs her and closes her mouth, and rapes Vera. Ledgard comes and kills Zeca.
When Ledgard discards Zeca’s body, Marilia tells Vera that she (Marilia) is the mother of both Zeca and Ledgard by different men, a fact she did not share. Ledgard was found by Marilia’s employers but was eventually raised by her. Zeca later went to live on the streets and smuggled drugs, and Ledgard went to medical school and married a woman named Gal. When Zeca returned years later, he and Gal ran away together. They were involved in a serious car accident when Gal was badly burned.
Zeca had left the scene thinking her to death, and Ledgard had pulled him out of the car (meanwhile, Zeca had confused Vera and Gal, something she did not deny). After that, she lived in total darkness without glasses. One day, when she heard her daughter Norma singing in the garden, Gal accidentally saw a window; tormented by the vision, jumps and dies.
Meanwhile, Ledgard is back and spending the night with Vera. At night, he dreams of his past, especially on the wedding night six years earlier, when he finds Norma (his daughter) unconscious on the floor. Norma, a former psychiatrist who lost her temper after seeing her mother commit suicide, believes Ledgard had raped her when she woke up with him; she then became afraid of all the men and spent years in a mental health facility. She ends up committing suicide the same way her mother did.
Vera also dreams about the same thing: Vicente, a young man who works at his mother’s clothing store, breaks up a marriage and meets Norma. Like everyone else at the party, he is a drug addict. He and Norma go into the garden. She lists the psychiatric medications she has taken. Norma starts to take off some of her clothes, saying that she will be naked every time she can. Vicente kisses him and compliments him.
As Vicente sleeps on top of him, she suddenly becomes preoccupied with the music she plays — the very song she sang when her mother committed suicide — and then she started screaming. Vicente tries to calm her down, and this makes her bite. They slapped him, and she fainted. He rearranged her clothes and fled the scene, looking around nervously at potential witnesses, just before Ledgard arrived; he does not know that Ledgard sees him riding his motorcycle.
Ledgard pursues Vicente and, in hiding, drops Vicente off his motorcycle, captures him, and locks him up. Vicente’s mother reported his disappearance to the police but after finding his motorcycle on a cliff, they told her he was almost dead and drowned. Although she believes her son is still alive, her search has not been resolved.
At that point, Ledgard put him in vaginoplasty and later instructed him on how to slowly stretch his new penis. At the age of six, Ledgard physically transformed Vicente into a portrait of his late wife, and he renamed her Vera. In the meantime, Vicente struggles to keep her integrity and to hold fast to the core of his personality.
After four years of absence, Marilia returns to work at Ledgard to care for Vera (Vicente). Vera reveals to Marilia that he was arrested six years ago.
Back then, Ledgard’s new relationship with Vera disappointed Marilia, who did not trust Vera. Fulgencio, one of Ledgard’s colleagues, reads the story of the missing Vicente and sees him as one of their transgender patients. He accuses Ledgard of cheating Vicente’s permission and trying to seduce him. Vera, who overhears their conversation, tells Fulgenico that he is a lost Vicente and that he supports Ledgard, saying he is here of his own free will.
After Fulgenico’s departure, Vera sees himself portrayed as Vicente attached to the story of the lost people. At night, Ledgard and Vera start having sex, but Vera tells him that it still hurts after Zeca’s rape. Apparently, she went downstairs to get some ointment, Vera fetched Ledgard’s gun and killed him. Marilia, warned by the sound of gunfire, enters the room with her shotgun and finds her son Ledgard dead in bed. Vera, hiding under the bed, shoots and kills Marilia. With her last breath, Marilia says “I knew you.”
Freed from captivity, at last, Vicente returns to his mother’s clothing store for the first time since her abduction. With tears in her eyes, he tells her ex-girlfriend Cristina (Vicente whom she loved six years ago) about his kidnapping, forced sex, and murder. As his mother enters the room, Vicente quietly introduces herself to the film’s final line— “I am Vicente.”
The Skin I Live In Ending Explained: What Happened At The End?
It turns out that after Vera was raped, Marilia told him that Roberto and Zeca were brothers. Marilia’s former employers were Roberto’s parents, but she raised him. And Zeca and Roberto simply took different approaches. One became a thief and the other a doctor. In addition, at the scene, the doctor met a woman named Gal and she had a baby girl named Norma. Zeca once returned and fled with Gali, but they had an accident, and Gal was badly burned. Zeca also ran away thinking Gal was dead.
Since Gal was paralyzed, she lived in a house without mirrors and in total darkness, but one day, she heard Norma in the garden. She goes to look out and sees her picture in the window. And frightened by what she is, she commits suicide.