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In My Skin (2002)

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Original title: Dans ma peau

Release Date
• USA: Nov 7, 2003
DVD Release Date
• R1: Apr 20, 2004
• R2: 24 Jan 2005

Official Website:
In My Skin Website

Running Time
1 hour, 33 minutes

Country France

Production Companies
Lazennec & Associés, Canal+, Centre National de la Cinématographie (CNC), Natexis Banques Populaires Images 2

Studio Wellspring

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Genre: Drama, Horror, Disturbing, Mental Illness, Teenage, Psychodrama, Doctor

Plot: After suffering some deep gashes to her leg from an accidental fall, Esther (Marina de Van), a young business writer, becomes preoccupied with her body and skin, especially her wounds. At first she merely caresses her arms, pinches her excess skin, or traces the cuts on her legs, but it isn't long before she is incising wounds directly and aggressively into her own body. Her boyfriend (Laurent Lucas) becomes understandably concerned and angry, but his inability to empathize alienates Esther, and she seeks reclusion to explore her newfound practice. With increased urgency, she turns an unapologetic knife or razor upon her own skin, alternately gorging on the vampiric ecstasy or the brutally masochistic annihilation of her own flesh and blood. The film stays ominously quiet as to what and why this is happening--social, professional, biological pressures all seem relevant but somehow insufficient explanations--and Esther is too indifferent to question her new predilections, too servile to them. While deeply influenced by the work of David Cronenberg (THE FLY, NAKED LUNCH, CRASH), the film is more reliant on feminist and avant garde performance art from the sixties and seventies, namely the work of Marina Abramovic, Ana Mendieta, Carolee Schneemann, and Hermann Nitsch. Intensely

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 Directed by
Marina de Van
Sitcom, See the Sea
 Written by
Marina de Van
Sitcom, See the Sea
Marina de Van
Sitcom, See the Sea
Laurent Lucas
Harry Is Here to Help, Pola X, The Ordeal
Thibault de Montalembert
Indochine, The Pornographer, American Cuisine
Dominique Reymond
Demonlover, Almost Nothing, Artemisia
Bernard Alane
Read My Lips, The Tigger Movie, Hibernatus
Marc Rioufol
Ça ira mieux demain, Septième ciel, Le, Modern Life
Adrien de Van
Sitcom, Je rentre à la maison, Saint-Germain ou La négociation
 Music By
Esbjorn Svensson
Nya landet, Det

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