Live Flesh

Live Flesh
  • 1997
  • Spain
  • 1h 40min
  • 18
  • Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
  • Written by: Jorge Guerricaechevarria, Pedro Almodóvar, Ray Loriga
  • Cast: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Liberto Rabal
  • Language: Spanish, Italian

Based on a Ruth Rendell story, Almodovar's most rounded attempt to enter the mainstream follows the fate of a wheelchair-bound policeman, the young man responsible for the bullet that put him there, and his wife, with whom the recently released convict is in love. Any message waiting to be read is drowned in the brightest and deepest of cinematographic experiences, and the pleasures here are several. But there's a hint that the director has slipped into middle-ground mediocrity.

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