Second Skin (1999)

GERARDO VERA

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

Original title:  Segunda Piel

Spain, 1999.  Antena 3 Televisión, Lolafilms, Vía Digital.  Original idea by Gerardo Vera, Writer .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

 discovers a hotel bill in her husband’s pocket that she knows means he’s having an affair with another woman. Burn on her: he () is actually leading a double life with a male doctor (Javier Bardem). Unlike Ferzan Ozpetek’s Ignorant Fairies (His Secret Life), which was a delightfully enjoyable tale of personal discovery and emotional restitution, this incredibly bad film takes its lead from zero-talent soap operas and television movies. The ending is hopelessly schmaltzy, and Gil’s character, who is the focus of most of the story, is never particularly sympathetic. It’s impossible to discern just how the director managed to collect such an impressive cast for such a tediously familiar film. Fans of Spanish cinema will want to watch it for Bardem’s appearance, and also for the supporting turn by All About My Mother‘s as Bardem’s sassy medical colleague.

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