History Film / LaPielQueHabito

23rd Sep '17 7:11:24 PM RoyFlowers
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* ReplacementGoldfish: At a certain point, it becomes clear that this Robert intends [[spoiler: to make Vicente into one for his dead wife. Believing that he has succeeded is what leads to his downfall.]]
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being violently raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity]].]]

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* ReplacementGoldfish: At a certain point, it becomes clear that this Robert intends [[spoiler: to make Vicente into one for his dead wife. Believing that he has succeeded is what leads to his downfall.]]
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being violently raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity]].]] ]]
23rd Sep '17 7:10:45 PM RoyFlowers
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* MalevolentMaskedMen: Zeca first appears wearing a tiger mask to go with his tiger striped leather costume. Robert wears a strange synthetic face over his own to conceal his appearance when he goes to [[spoiler: abduct Vicente.]] Both men are definitely malevolent. Averted with [[spoiler: Vicente/Vera,]] who is forced to wear haunting masks but is not evil.
23rd Sep '17 7:05:47 PM RoyFlowers
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23rd Sep '17 7:02:33 PM RoyFlowers
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* SituationalSexuality: [[spoiler: Vicente is a very heterosexual man, who is abducted and subjected to forced sexual reassignment surgeries that give him the appearance of an exquisitely beautiful woman. He eventually realizes that his only chance of escape is to (very, ''very'' reluctantly) use this to his advantage, forcing him to give in to the sexual advances of Zeca, a homicidal brute, and Robert, his deranged captor. This goes double for Robert, who is able to delude himself into believing he's made a perfect recreation of his dead and beloved wife. Despite being fully aware that "Vera" is really just a man that he imprisoned, physically altered and literally objectified for years does not stop him from eagerly trying to have sex with his plaything.

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* SituationalSexuality: [[spoiler: Vicente is a very heterosexual man, who is abducted and subjected to forced sexual reassignment surgeries that give him the appearance of an exquisitely beautiful woman. He eventually realizes that his only chance of escape is to (very, ''very'' reluctantly) use this to his advantage, forcing him to give in to the sexual advances of Zeca, a homicidal brute, and Robert, his deranged captor. ]]
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This goes double for [[spoiler: Robert, who is able to delude himself into believing he's made a perfect recreation of his dead and beloved wife. Despite being fully aware that "Vera" is really just a man that he imprisoned, physically altered and literally objectified for years does not stop him from eagerly trying to have sex with his plaything.]]
23rd Sep '17 6:59:19 PM RoyFlowers
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** After Robert [[spoiler: kills Zeca and saves Vera, he realizes that he desires her too. Convinced she has become dependent on him after rescuing him, he makes love to her. He lets his toxic feelings blind him to the reality that Vera is still Vicente, the man he captured and used as an experiment for years, who is desperate enough to allow Zeca and Robert to rape him if it means a chance to get away. Vera uses the "bond" between him and his captor to catch Robert with his guard down, killing him and escaping to freedom.]]

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** After Robert [[spoiler: kills Zeca and saves Vera, he realizes that he desires her too. Convinced Believing she has become completely dependent on him after rescuing him, coming to her rescue, he makes love to her. He lets his toxic feelings blind him to the reality that Vera is still Vicente, the man he captured and used as an experiment for years, who is desperate enough to allow Zeca and Robert to rape him if it means a chance to get away. Vera uses the "bond" between him and his captor to catch Robert with his guard down, killing him and escaping to freedom.]]



* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being violently raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity.]]

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* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being violently raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity.]] captivity]].]]
23rd Sep '17 6:44:14 PM RoyFlowers
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* FadeToBlack: How the movie ends [[spoiler: as Vicente reunites with his mother.]]



* ForcedToWatch: Marilia is bound and gagged by her criminal son, Zeca, who leaves her in front of the security monitors, where she is forced to watch as Zeca violently rapes Vera.

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* FreudianExcuse: Marilia [[ItsAllMyFault blames herself]] for the way her sons, [[spoiler: Robert and Zeca,]] turned out. She believes they both get their madness from her.
* ForScience: One of the motives behind Robert's "experiment." It doesn't exactly hold up by the end.
* ForcedToWatch: [[spoiler: Marilia is bound and gagged by her criminal son, Zeca, who leaves her in front of the security monitors, where she is forced to watch as Zeca violently rapes Vera.]]



* LackOfEmpathy: Played straight with Robert, Marilia and Zeca, who have no true regard for anyone but themselves and (for Robert and Marilia, at least) each other. [[spoiler: Subverted in the case of Vicente, who first tries to forcefully have sex with Norma and knocking her out when she struggles against him. Realizing what he's done, he attempts to redress her and, overwhelmed with fear and shame, leaves her. Unfortunately for him and Norma, the damage he'd done already was too great.]]

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* LackOfEmpathy: Played straight with Robert, Marilia and Zeca, who have no true regard for anyone but themselves and (for Robert and Marilia, at least) each other.the people ''they'' care about. [[spoiler: Subverted in the case of Vicente, who first tries to forcefully have sex with Norma and knocking her out when she struggles against him. Realizing what he's done, he attempts to redress her and, overwhelmed with fear and shame, leaves her. Unfortunately for him and Norma, the damage he'd done already was too great.]]



* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Dr. Robert Ledgard, a revolutionary Spanish plastic surgeon who devolves into an unscrupulous madman.



* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity.]]

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* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being violently raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity.]] ]]



* SituationalSexuality:

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* SituationalSexuality: [[spoiler: Vicente is a very heterosexual man, who is abducted and subjected to forced sexual reassignment surgeries that give him the appearance of an exquisitely beautiful woman. He eventually realizes that his only chance of escape is to (very, ''very'' reluctantly) use this to his advantage, forcing him to give in to the sexual advances of Zeca, a homicidal brute, and Robert, his deranged captor. This goes double for Robert, who is able to delude himself into believing he's made a perfect recreation of his dead and beloved wife. Despite being fully aware that "Vera" is really just a man that he imprisoned, physically altered and literally objectified for years does not stop him from eagerly trying to have sex with his plaything.



* TheSociopath: Robert Ledgard.

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* TheSociopath: Robert Ledgard.Ledgard, an otherwise brilliant and sophisticated man whose pursuit of vengeance results in him developing a cold and calculating disregard for human life, until he sees other people as objects that he can use for his own purposes.
23rd Sep '17 10:34:23 AM RoyFlowers
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* AbductionIsLove: Played with, then thankfully subverted.



** This trope is ultimately fulfilled by [[spoiler: Robert]] as well.



* AxCrazy: Zeca, a totally immoral criminal who thinks nothing of blackmailing people, raping women, or brutalizing his own mother. All while dressed in a ludicrous tiger costume.



* CainAndAbel: Robert and [[spoiler: Zeca.]]
* CallForward: In the flashback, Robert laments the separation between him and his mentally disturbed daughter, Norma. After a violent sexual encounter, Norma is physically repulsed by other men, especially her father, who found her after she'd been assaulted. Robert is extremely frustrated that his daughter doesn't recognize him and identifies him as her attacker. By this time, we know that Robert [[spoiler: has already kidnapped Vicente, his daughter's actual attacker, and that he will go on to sexually assault him over the next six years. His daughter's repulsion was more appropriate than either one realized.]]



* ForcedToWatch: Marilia is bound and gagged by her criminal son, Zeca, who leaves her in front of the security monitors, where she is forced to watch as Zeca violently rapes Vera.



* HeWhoFightsMonsters: [[spoiler: Robert began a RoaringRampageOfRevenge to make Vicente pay for his daughter's NearRapeExperience. Six years later, Robert's crimes have far surpassed Vicente's, using his surgical skills to transform the latter into a beautiful woman whom he can use as he pleases, and is fully willing to murder people in order to keep his captive all to himself.]]



* InMediasRes: The movie begins near the end of the story. Near the middle, we have a flashback which explains how our characters got to this point.



* LackOfEmpathy: Played straight with Robert, Marilia and Zeca, who have no true regard for anyone but themselves and (for Robert and Marilia, at least) each other. [[spoiler: Subverted in the case of Vicente, who first tries to forcefully have sex with Norma and knocking her out when she struggles against him. Realizing what he's done, he attempts to redress her and, overwhelmed with fear and shame, leaves her. Unfortunately for him and Norma, the damage he'd done already was too great.]]



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%% * RapeAndRevengeRapeIsASpecialKindOfEvil: A very prominent aspect of the film.
** All of the tragic events that befall [[spoiler: Vicente]] are the result of him nearly raping and traumatizing [[spoiler: Robert's daughter, Norma,]] while high on drugs. As far as [[spoiler: Robert]] is concerned, [[spoiler: Vicente]] raped her, [[spoiler: and he uses this to justify abducting him and physically/psychologically abusing him for years until he's successfully transformed Vicente into a woman named Vera, who is essentially the ghost of his late wife]]...
** This works too well when [[spoiler: Zeca -- Robert's deranged half-brother who eloped with his late wife (whom Zeca left to die) -- returns when Robert's away, discovers Vera, mistakes her for Robert's wife, and immediately goes out of his way to rape her, not knowing Vera is really a man...]]
** After Robert [[spoiler: kills Zeca and saves Vera, he realizes that he desires her too. Convinced she has become dependent on him after rescuing him, he makes love to her. He lets his toxic feelings blind him to the reality that Vera is still Vicente, the man he captured and used as an experiment for years, who is desperate enough to allow Zeca and Robert to rape him if it means a chance to get away. Vera uses the "bond" between him and his captor to catch Robert with his guard down, killing him and escaping to freedom.]]


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* ReplacementGoldfish: At a certain point, it becomes clear that this Robert intends [[spoiler: to make Vicente into one for his dead wife. Believing that he has succeeded is what leads to his downfall.]]
* RescueRomance: [[spoiler: Robert saving Vera from Zeca, at first, looks like a bizarre variation of this. He even tries to pull off RescueSex, but relents due to [[RealityEnsues Vera's soreness from being raped by Zeca.]] In reality, [[ExploitedTrope Vera is taking advantage of this trope in order to finally escape from Robert's captivity.]]


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* SituationalSexuality:


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* TheSociopath: Robert Ledgard.


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** Zeca himself, who can't seem to go ten seconds without proving what a heinous, psychopathic thug he is.
** Also Gal, Robert's deceased wife, who was foolish enough to "take a liking" to [[StupidEvil Zeca]] and run away with him. [[spoiler: They got into a car crash, and Zeca fled as Gal burned "like a torch", leaving her horribly disfigured until the day she took her own life.]]
7th Sep '17 8:51:02 AM Morgenthaler
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''La Piel Que Habito'' (known in the US as ''The Skin I Live In'') is a Creator/PedroAlmodovar film about a mysterious woman undergoing equally mysterious skin transplant procedures by a secretive plastic surgeon as part of his research into "a skin that accepts a caring touch, yet resists all harmful attacks." But why is she held in a locked room, almost prison-like, without any contact from the outside world? Why is the doctor so adamant about keeping her hidden away? How did the two ever meet, and why is she being subjected to such procedures, which seem to be against her will?

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''La Piel Que Habito'' (known in the US as ''The Skin I Live In'') is a Creator/PedroAlmodovar film about a mysterious woman (Creator/ElenaAnaya) undergoing equally mysterious skin transplant procedures by a secretive plastic surgeon (Creator/AntonioBanderas) as part of his research into "a skin that accepts a caring touch, yet resists all harmful attacks." But why is she held in a locked room, almost prison-like, without any contact from the outside world? Why is the doctor so adamant about keeping her hidden away? How did the two ever meet, and why is she being subjected to such procedures, which seem to be against her will?
3rd Jun '17 6:20:39 PM infernape612
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* TheDogBitesBack: Vera[[spoiler:/Vicente]] [[spoiler: killing Robert]] at the end of the movie.



* TheDogBitesBack: Vera[[spoiler: /Vicente]] [[spoiler: killing Robert]] at the end of the movie.



** He was himself very high, and might not have understood [[spoiler: she was deranged]]

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** He was himself very high, and might not have understood [[spoiler: she was deranged]]deranged]].
5th Apr '17 1:21:04 PM PersonalPOV
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* RashomonStyle: At a friend's wedding, Robert finds evidence that his daughter [[spoiler:was dragged into the dark and raped]]. Much later on, Vicente's flashback shows that [[spoiler:(although his actions were irresponsible) he didn't go all the way. Too bad for him that he was too high to ''remember'' what actually happened that night when his life depended on it]].

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* RashomonStyle: At a friend's wedding, Robert finds evidence that his daughter [[spoiler:was dragged into the dark and raped]]. Much later on, Vicente's flashback shows that [[spoiler:(although his actions were irresponsible) he didn't go all the way. Too bad for him that he was too high to ''remember'' what actually happened that night when his life - or as it turned out, his physical gender - depended on it]].
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