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Friday, March 9, 2012



LA PIEL QUE HABITO
Spain 2011
Prolific Pedro (All About My Mother, Broken Embraces, Volver) has done it again with a stylish  drama/thriller about appearance and reality, beauty and ugliness, this time focussing on plastic surgery. Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas, returning to work with Almodóvar) is haunted by past tragedies, which propel him into developing a synthetic skin which can withstand any ageing or damage. He finds in Vera Cruz the perfect guinea pig for his experiment, a flawless beauty who may have the key to his past from which he is trying to escape and for which he is trying to compensate. A graphic and disturbing film, but with Almodóvar's unmistakable style and penetration of obsession. Skin is a major work not to be missed!

But it wasn't available so instead from film-maker favourites of Ron and Shirley, the Belgian Dardenne brothers The Kid With a Bike.

THE KID WITH A BIKE
LE GAMIN AU VÉLO
Belgium, France 2011
DIR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
SCR Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne
CAST Cécile De France, Thomas Doret