Live Flesh (1997)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.5

Original title:  Carne Tremula

France/Spain, 1997El Deseo, CiBy 2000, France 3 Cinéma.  Screenplay by Pedro Almodovar, , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Pedro Almodovar’s terrific film is a complex story of jealousy and revenge. Handsome  (grandson of Francisco) goes to jail for shooting and permanently crippling a policeman (), and upon his release years later returns to his victim to see if he can set things right. However, as Rabal’s relationship with Bardem’s beautiful wife () grows stronger, the cop begins to wonder just what this mysterious young man has in mind to do. Adapted loosely from a novel by American writer Ruth Rendel, the narrative is pulled off beautifully by an effortless script, and all the performances are top notch.  Look for in her first collaboration with the Spanish maestro.

European Film Award Nominations Best European Film; Best European Actor (Javier Bardem)

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