Almodovar’s The Skin I Live In as a Transgender Fantasy

11 02 2012

almodovar the skin i live inPOST INCLUDES SPOILERS!

There are those who say transgender fantasies never make it into mainstream media.

Well, last year saw at least one serious, artistic, movie that reads like a crossdreamer/transgender fantasy, namely La Piel que Habito or The Skin I Live In.

By writing this I have, of course, revealed the plot’s unusual twist, which isn’t that unusual at all if you are a reader of TG fiction.

Here you will find one of the traditional TG themes: A young boy abducted by mad scientist, is being turned into a woman; he goes through upheaval and suffering before finally coming to peace with her new life.

Pedro Almodóvar has introduced many transgender persons in his movies, but not one of these movies have been this explicit.

The movie is loosely based on the French book Tarantula by Thierry Jonquet. But allthough the book deviates a bit from the plot of the movie, the novel could also have been published as a story on one of the main TG fiction portals.

The movie is presented as a thriller, and I have seen reviewers desperately look for a deeper cultural commentary, like — for instance — the violent suppression of women.

Maybe. But who are we kidding? The rest of the world, it seems 😉

Amazon.com DVD: The Skin I Live in (Two-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo)

Amazon.com paperback: Tarantula: the Skin I Live in

Kindle ebook: Tarantula

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30 09 2012
p l richards

Thanks for the spoiler! No review I’ve seen of this film has mentioned that it contains a transgender theme, so this is really helpful.I’ll now know to look out for this.

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