The Skin I live in - DC Film and Book Club


based on the novel
TARANTULA by Thierry Jonquet

This is a film of twisted charisma, knotted plots and perfect indestructible skin. Imprisoned in a stylish apartment, Vera languishes in luxury, watching nature programmes on TV, practising yoga and making clay models. She has everything that she needs apart from her freedom and believes that her only escape is either through seduction of her captor or suicide.
Banderas plays the brilliant plastic surgeon holding Vera (Elena Anaya) captive as part of his diabolical experiment to create a skin that is impervious to fire. The mad scientist, the body parts, the private operating theatre; all very pulp horror. But the real horror lies in Banderas drive to mould a surface likeness, which pays more than a passing homage to Vertigo. 
The Skin I Live In is freely adapted from Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet.  The novel itself is described by The Washington Post as an “unholy collaboration between Sade and Sartre, with occasional comic interventions by that honorary Frenchman Jerry Lewis.” Only a director such as Almodóvar could bring together the dark sexual obsession, surgical spectacle, and bizarre narrative twists with such cinematic assurance and virtuosity. 
The screening will be followed by an informal discussion about the themes of the book and film. 

Deptford Cinema, Lewisham on Sunday 10 February 2019
Doors Open at 2:00PM
Starts at 2:30PM
Ticket Price: £4.50 - £10.00*
*booking fee applies