Spain | 1997 | 35mm | 103 min. | Spanish with English subtitles
Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Cast: Javier Bardem, Francesca Neri, Penelope Cruz
A single bullet triggers a web of trysts and showdowns in one of Almodóvar’s sexiest thrillers. Bardem stars as a plainclothes cop paralyzed by a gunshot on a domestic violence call. Six years later, he and the victim are married when the perp returns, newly released from jail. Future muse Penelope Cruz makes her first appearance in an Almodóvar movie as Victor’s mother in the film’s prologue. “Dazzling. Live Flesh has it all: irreverent political commentary, Buñuelian absurdities, the romantic fatalism of noir, and the juicy entanglements of the trashiest soap opera” (Scott Tobias, The AV Club).