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3. "Live Flesh" (1998)
For whatever reason, the peculiarly English chill of Ruth Rendell’s supremely nasty crime fiction has been best brought to the screen by directors from the Continent. Claude Chabrol triumphed with “La Ceremonie,” but if that presented a fairly obvious match of creative sensibilities, Pedro Almodóvar was a far less likely match for her low-temperature storytelling. In his hands, the loosely adapted “Live Flesh” becomes a warm-blooded thriller of darkest romantic impulse, while still thriving on Rendell’s twisty human psychology. She gives him structure; he gives her hysteria.