Live Flesh / Carne trémula (Pedro Almodóvar, 1997)


Carne trémula is a screen adaptation of Ruth Rendell’s novell. It is a story in Almodovar’s manner, even though there are no sexual minorities in it – but it’s just as tangled, and deep, and humanly complex as the best stories he wrote himself. Even a relatively happy ending doesn’t change this fact. In the final analysis, it’s about a man, whose understanding of right and wrong turned out to be stronger than the circumstances of his life (and those were pretty harsh).

The acting here is pretty amazing, as well as the story itself, both of which things are, in many respects, a director’s merit. The overall technical implementation is fine too, although the visual style does look a bit outdated. Not that it prevented me from enjoying the movie.

All in all, it’s a great film – maybe, not the best Almodovar’s work, but surely one of the really good ones.


Time: 01:43:37
Released in: 1997
Directed by: Pedro Almodóvar
Written by: Pedro Almodóvar, Jorge Guerricaechevarría, Ray Loriga
Performed by: Liberto Rabal, Francesca Neri, Javier Bardem, Ángela Molina, José Sancho, Penélope Cruz, Pilar Bardem, Álex Angulo, Mariola Fuentes, Yael Be, Josep Molins, Daniel Lanchas, María Rosenfeldt
Entertaining quality5 out of 5
Art quality:  5- out of 5

IMDB page: link

(v. 4.8)
®shoomow, 2017
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