Rent Live Flesh (1997)

3.6 of 5 from 150 ratings
1h 37min
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Victor Plaza (Liberto Rabal) is a child of Franco's Spain, born on a bus that was taking his mother, a prostitute, to the hospital. In spite of this, Victor is young and life has not destroyed his trust in people, particularly Elena (Francesca Neri) the daughter of a diplomat and the woman with whom he shares his first sexual experience. Victor, believing the experience was not a casual one, soon discovers things are not usually as straightforward as one would hope. Nerves, a gun and two policemen are involved when Victor tries to see Elena again, and a violent encounter changes all their lives. A policeman, Sancho (Jose Sancho) precipitates a violent incident into which Victor is dragged.
David (Javier Barden) is hit by a stray bullet that leaves him paralysed and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Victor is blamed and sent to prison where he watches helplessly as David becomes a paralympics star, with Elena - now his wife. Fate, however, intervenes again. When Victor is released from prison, he visits his mother's grave, only to find Elena and David at the cemetery. Now Victor has the chance to settle old scores - but from this moment they are all locked in a game which has only just begun.
Liberto Rabal, , , , , , , , , Yael Be, Josep Molins, , María Rosenfeldt, Antonio Henares, Diego de Paz
Voiced By:
Matías Prats
Pedro Almodóvar, Jorge Guerricaechevarría
Agustín Almodóvar
Carne tremula
20th Century Fox
Drama, Thrillers
The Instant Expert's Guide to Pedro Almodóvar
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Run Time:
97 minutes
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English, None
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 2.35:1
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Underpowered - Live Flesh review by AER

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I don't know how Almodovar makes light work of really dense material - there's always something of the daytime soap opera about his films and Live Flesh is no different (with added sex/nudity). Live Flesh never comes to life though, each of the characters are propelled through a narrative that has no engine or makes any sense to the rational viewer. I'm not a fan of Almodovar, but I've seen quite a few of his films and I will say that he is getting better and better. It was interesting to see Javier Bardem in an early role, look out for his real-life mother in early scenes (Pilar Bardem). Based on a pulpy novel by Ruth Rendell, this is full of murder and intrigue but it hops along at fast pace without delving into the characters at all, leaving it without substance and altogether forgettable and stupid.

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