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10. "The Skin I Live In" (2011)
Many of Almodóvar’s films have toyed with the malleability of physical form and personal identity, but two years ago, “The Skin I Live In” built an entire funhouse around that idea: as I wrote in my Cannes review at the time, it’s the film where his concern with the manipulation and violation of the human body is bent back so far it has nothing left to do but break. Not one of his deepest or most deeply felt films, it’s nonetheless one of his most acrobatic, touching on body horror and broad comedy alike in his adaptation of Thierry Jonquet’s novel. A happy reunion, too, with one of his signature stars of the 1980s, a never-better Antonio Banderas.