Live Flesh

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Released 1997

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Live Flesh

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Director:
Pedro Almodovar
Released:
1997
Rating:
R
Live Flesh is a 1997 Spanish film written and directed by Pedro Almodovar and starring Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem. Adapted from the novel of the same name by Ruth Rendell, the film begins in 1970s Madrid when a prostitute (Cruz) gives birth to a son Victor. In present day, Elena (Neri), the daughter of a wealthy diplomat, is at home watching television while waiting for her drug dealer to arrive. Victor (Rabal), however, is at the door. Elena has forgotten that she made a date with him, and buzzes him up instinctively thinking it to be her dealer. When two cops become involved in the situation and a gun goes off, their lives change dramatically. Four years later Elena is now married to one of the cops and has kicked her drug habit. Victor, however, has ended up in jail and is about to be released. When they finally meet again, their fabric of their interweaving relationships begins to tear even further.moreless

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  • 90

    The New York Times Janet Maslin

    A richly detailed tale of passion, perfidy and revenge adapted from a typically tricky Ruth Rendell novel.

  • 90

    Variety Lisa Nesselson

    Most of all, the satisfyingly cinematic screen adaptation puts motion and energy into a story that was mostly internalized from Victor's perspective in Rendell's book.

  • 83

    Entertainment Weekly 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 l...

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