One of the many things that keep me inspired is seeing movies. Every once and a while, I’ll go see a film with no expectations and be just completely blown away. In those two hours, I live in that film and it becomes a part of me. I don’t look at my phone, I lose all train of thought and I breathe cinema.
Last night I had the pleasure of seeing The Skin I Live In. If you see one movie in the month of October for the sake of Halloween - let it be this one. It is not your traditional horror movie but let me tell you - it is disturbing, shocking, twisted and grotesque.
Pedro Almodovar directed this one so if you’re a fan, you know every shot is perfectly constructed and symmetrical and blood red just pops out of the screen. The score is gripping, the acting penetrating and the story is an intriguing one but I urge you not to know anything other than see it.
One thing I will say if you’re a screenwriter and you’re like me and you’re always looking to analyze a story - Almodovar is a master of how he reveals information and just making everything over complex. The thing that blew me away about the film is how the plot and characters and actions are cinematically revealed. You will watch more than half this movie wondering what is going on - asking for it to get to the point, begging it to be coherent. This movie will frustrate and confuse you and then at one point, it will come into complete perspective and it will blow your mind hole.
If you want a lesson in storytelling, plot twists, cinematic intensity and twist endings - you must see this. You must study his technique and understand that this is epic storytelling. Not many can pull this off and this film is not realistic - it’s surreal but it’s so grand and so compelling that you will be convinced of the outrage.
As far as story-telling, layered characters and cinematic structure goes - Almodovar is a genius. I dare you to be this good.