When Pedro Almodóvar is directing, you can bet there will be plenty of sexual tension and obsession but his latest, the dark and foreboding drama "The Skin I Live In," is bizarre even by his standards.
The story begins with Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas), a gifted but troubled plastic surgeon. He's spent the past 12 years obsessed with creating an artificial skin that will react and breathe like human skin something he believes would have saved his wife after a fiery car crash.
In his remote country house, Ledgard develops his artificial skin, using methods the scientific community would find disturbing. He has the willing help of his housekeeper, Marilia (Marisa Parades), and the not-so-willing help of Vera (Elena Anaya) a gorgeous guinea pig whose resemblance to the doctor's late wife is no accident.