La Piel que Habito [2011]

Dark, Vertigo-esque thriller is the first collaboration in 21 years between Antonio Banderas and one of the filmmakers who helped shape his career (and one of my favorite directors), Pedro Almodóvar. Like all the great films by the talented Pedro, this is campy, over-the-top and insane (insanely gripping, too). There’s an expert use of music (Alberto Iglesias provided the moody score) and, of course, a terrific cast: Antonio Banderas, new chica Almodóvar Elena Anaya and Blanca Suárez being the main attention-grabbers. One of the best of the year.

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