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In My Skin (2002)

Cast: Marina De Van, Marina De Van, Laurent Lucas, more...
Director: Marina De Van, Marina De Van
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Fox Lorber
Genre: Drama, Foreign, France
Running Time: 93 min.
Languages: French
Subtitles: English
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Marina de Van, a frequent collaborator of director François Ozon's (she co-wrote several films with him, in addition to starring in See the Sea and Sitcom), makes her feature directorial debut with In My Skin, which she also wrote. De Van stars in the film as Esther, a self-conscious young woman who works for a public relations firm. Her life seems to be going well. Her boyfriend, Vincent (Laurent Lucas of With a Friend Like Harry...), wants to live with her. At work, she's in line for a promotion and the opportunity to run a prestigious campaign for a jewelry company. One night at a party with her friend, Sandrine (Léa Drucker), Esther wanders into the backyard and stumbles, scratching her leg on a piece of scrap metal. She goes back to the party, and later realizes that her injury is much more severe than she had thought. There's a huge, ugly gouge all the way up her shin, and she's bleeding profusely. She goes to a doctor, who patches her up and tells her she might need a skin graft. But Esther becomes obsessed with the wound. She won't let it heal, sneaking away during work to cut herself. As her leg becomes an ugly scarred mass, she begins to notice a problem with her arm. Before long, she's alienated Vincent and jeopardized her job with her compulsive, self-destructive behavior. But she continues on her grotesque downward spiral. In My Skin was shown at Lincoln Center in New York as part of their 2003 Rendez-vous with French Cinema. ~ Josh Ralske, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

  • Commentary with Marina de Van
  • Bonus Short Films: Alias and Psy-show
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Weblinks

GreenCine Member Reviews

Definitely not skin deep by talltale June 17, 2004 - 6:21 AM PDT
5 out of 5 members found this review helpful
IN MY SKIN is no Lifetime/Women's Entertainment Channel example of "cutting-lite." It's an extremely hard-to-take study of a young woman who discovers that she enjoys mutilating herself--for what reasons we cannot be sure, though a few possibilities are raised. Some of the scenes are so graphic that they make a shocker such as "Irreversible" look like a picnic at the beach. While the movie is well-directed (by its leading lady), well-written and well-acted, recommending it is not so easy. For anyone willing to grapple with the issue, however, it is definitely worth a rent.

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