In My Skin details
|Starring:||Laurent Lucas, Marina de Van, Lea Brucker|
|Director:||Marina de Van|
|Genres:||Drama, World Cinema|
|Original title||Dans Ma Peau|
In My Skin
|Run time:||1 hour 37 minutes|
|Rental release:||24 Jan 2005|
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Very very hard to watch.By Goldenboots (53 reviews) from East Grinstead, England , 27 Jan 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]This is a French film about self mutilation... and very graphic it is too. I could not watch many scenes in this film, so make sure your constitution is up for it. That said, it is a very stark moving portrait of a girl, who seemingly has everything going for her, until she has an accident at a party. Then her life crumbles as her addiction for self mutilation begins. Good film, but not for the weak hearted.
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An interesting study of dealing with life's strugglesBy Shinko (25 reviews) from South Wales , 14 Oct 2012The first thing that should be said about this film is its cleverness in portraying self-harm. Just as Hitchcock never portrayed nudity or the knife entering the body in the famous shower scene, so does Dans Ma Peau use a similar well-conceived method.
Rarely do you see some of the harm that Esther inflicts upon herself, but it's what is suggested just off camera which is so intriguing - of course there are some graphic moments, but it's questionable that the film is as brutal as some reviews will lead you to believe.
The other thing that needs to be said is the quality of acting in this film. The way Esther deals with the mundane rituals of life in her own way is brilliantly portrayed by Marina De Van - whilst the fairly slow pacing works very well with the downward spiral of Esther's fascination.
Overall, a very good portrayal of a difficult subject that feels you leaving a little numb once the credits roll.
Go for it but dont get your hopes up.By a customer , 15 Sep 2011Leading lady was brilliant but it lacks substance overall. Some of the scenes are difficult to watch and I felt a bit cheated with non-ending.
Interesting but confusedBy romannouveau (1 review) from Southampton, UK , 23 Feb 2010Dans Ma Peau is a hard film to watch, which is not suprising given the theme of the film is female self-mutilation.
Esther, the central character played by Marina De Van (who also directs) seemingly appears to be a succesful professional who outwardly is seen to progress her career. She also appears to be in a stable relationship with her boyfiend (Laurent Lucas.)
My question then is why this character resorts to self-mutilation? We are offered possibilities; a need for intense sexual ecstasy, alcohol, a need for intensity of perception caused by self-mortification or a need for Esther to feel in 'control'.
These possibilities - although explored - are treated minimally in favour of the act(s) of mutilation themselves. This left me with an uncomfortable state of being the voyeur and unable to fully relate to the later narrative.
As a film of exploration, I feel this film fails in as much that the exploration only observes the surface and therefore lends to confusion as opposed to insight.
I do however believe that this is a film worth watching, if for no other reason than it opens the mind towards understanding and discussion of a taboo.
i liked itBy Brownpants (9 reviews) from Brighton , 19 Oct 2009An interesting film with some heavy scenes. Worth seeing if you like strange french films.
Beautiful Intense and DeepBy Michelle Holmes from Bournemouth , 01 Apr 2009This film is very intense, which makes this film a piece of art - it really works, to create a reaction.
It contains a lot of imagery and themes about self-injury. This is an unexplored subject, and this film does it massively and embraces it and does not try and hide anything.
I think this film is beautiful
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