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Live Flesh(Carne trémula)

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Spain, France

1997

Rated R • 1h 43m

Director Pedro Almodóvar

Starring Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz

Genre Drama, Romance, Thriller

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A scorned ex-convict forces himself into the lives of the couple who put him behind bars.

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40

Empire by

The psychological study that is the author's trademark is reduced to superficial and negative motivation - lust, guilt, revenge, escape.
75

Christian Science Monitor by David Sterritt

Some of the action is as lurid as the title, but passionate performances and ingenious visuals make this the most absorbing movie by Spanish director Almodvar since his great comedy "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown."
70

Chicago Reader by Lisa Alspector

It's all very clever but not really provocative - though a layer of political subtext may make the scenario seem funnier and more meaningful.
83

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Almodovar is positively mature, adapting a novel by Ruth Rendell so deftly that the plot now also describes the invigorating and sometimes disorienting effects of democracy after long years of repression under the Franco regime.

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