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LA PIEL QUE HABITO - THE SKIN I LIVE IN

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LA PIEL QUE HABITO - THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 120m 19s

Release date 26/08/2011

BBFCInsight Contains strong sex, sexual violence, brief gore & very strong language

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Pedro Almodóvar

Cast includes Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 16/08/2011

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

LA PIEL QUE HABITO - THE SKIN I LIVE IN is a Spanish language thriller adapted from the novel 'Mygale' by Thierry Jonquet. It tells the story of a surgeon, who is pioneering a new type of plastic surgery, and who has a very complicated personal and family life. The film was classified '15' for strong sex, sexual violence, brief gore and very strong language.

The film contains some strong sex scenes. Although nudity is shown, there is no strong detail, such as sight of genitals. In addition, although the scenes are quite passionate in nature, they are relatively brief. The BBFC's Guidelines at '15' state 'Sexual activity may be portrayed without strong detail'. The film also features some strong verbal sex references, including references to gender reassignment surgery.

The film contains a scene of sexual violence in which a man forces himself on a woman who then appears to consent to sexual activity. The scene is deliberately ambiguous and complex in its presentation of what is happening. However, it lacks strong visual detail and much of the sequence is played off faces and dialogue between the pair. As the film goes on, the complicated nature of the characters involved, as well as the unusual situation in which they have found themselves, becomes more apparent. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Any portrayal of sexual violence must be discreet and have a strong contextual justification'. Elsewhere in the film, it is suggested that another character has been raped. However, when the assault is shown, there is deliberate ambiguity in the presentation as to whether or not it is an act of sexual violence. Both the scene and its complex presentation are very important in narrative terms. The scene is not presented in an eroticised manner.

LA PIEL QUE HABITO - THE SKIN I LIVE IN also contains two subtitled uses of very strong language. In both cases, the word is used in a literal and anatomical sense in order to describe a surgical gender reassignment procedure. The Guidelines at '15' state 'The strongest terms (for example, 'cunt') may be acceptable if justified by the context. Aggressive or repeated use of the strongest language is unlikely to be acceptable'. The two uses are not aggressive or intended to be insulting. The film also contains several uses of strong language. The Guidelines at '15' state 'There may be frequent use of strong language'.

The film also contains some moments of violence, including shootings. Generally, there is no strong detail or sight of injury, although blood is sometimes shown. However, in one scene there is a brief gory image when a person attempts to cut their own throat, resulting in a brief blood spray. The Guidelines at '15' state 'Violence may be strong but should not dwell on the infliction of pain or injury'.

Details

Distributor(s)
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Classified date(s)
09/06/2011
Main language
Spanish
Submitted run time
120m 19s
Approved footage
10828+8
BBFC reference
AFF280193
Registration number
CFJ23649

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