We also know that sometimes these smaller hard hitting films never see the light of day.
This year, mega star Antonio Banderas and writer producer Pedro Almodóvar were at Cannes to unveil Pedro’s latest film project “The Skin I live In”.
Okay, so how bad could it be?
It’s not so much bad as it is graphic in nature and spirit.
The story goes like this:
Banderas plays the role of Robert Ledgard, a brilliant surgeon with a beautiful young doughter. His daughter is brutally raped by a man, and the young girl ends up killing herself due to the traumatic event. And Banderas cuts off, and preserves her face.
Okay, so far it’s not that bad right?
Later in the film, Banderas tracks down and kidnaps the man who raped his daughter. But instead of turning him over to the police, or killing him out of a crime of passion, he does the most shocking thing ever imaginable for a plot.
He gives the man a sex change and transplants the face of his daughter onto him. To make matters worse, he rapes the man and has sex with him – as a woman – now wearing his daughters face.
IMDB describes the film as being based on Thierry Jonquet's novel "Mygale", a revenge tale that tells the story of a plastic surgeon on the hunt for the men who raped his daughter.
But viewers at the Cannes film festival became a bit shocked during the screening and started to walk out due to the graphic nature of the plot.
One group of Americans that had been flown to Cannes, all expenses paid by the director, left in the middle of the film and never returned.
One U.S. citizen who left during the screening said,
"It was the fact that the victim was supposed to look like the doctor's daughter. I couldn't stop picturing the girl in the beginning of the movie when he was in bed with her, with him, later."
The movie is expected to be released in the United States in November 2011.
This is NOT a chick flick, so guys, don’t plan to take your date to see it or she may never look at you the same way again.
Trailer - "The Skin I Live In" with Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas Interview in Cannes “The Skin I Live In”
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