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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

After having casual sex, Victor wants to see Elena again, but she is uninterested. Their heated exchange alerts cops, causing a standoff where Victor severely injures a cop with an accidental gunshot. Years later, Victor takes revenge on Elena and the policemen who put him behind bars on that fateful day.

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Empire by

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


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."


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.


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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