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Live Flesh (1997)

Carne trémula (original title)
R | | Drama | 16 January 1998 (USA)
After leaving jail, Víctor is still in love with Elena, but she's married to the former cop -now basketball player- who became paralysed by a shot from Víctor's gun...

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(as Pedro Almodovar)

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(screenplay), (screenplay) (as Jorge Guerricaechevarria) | 2 more credits »

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Clara (as Angela Molina)
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Storyline

Pizza delivery man Victor is having an argument with Elena, whom he met a few days ago, but she was high then and doesn't want to hear about him. Reacting to the noise, two cops, young David and older Sancho, arrive at the scene, the gun accidentally goes off.. Four years later David is a wheelchair basketball star, he's married to Elena, Victor is released out of prison and their destinies begin to cross again. Written by Anonymous

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Life, love, desire...and everything in between.

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Drama

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Rated R for strong sexuality, language and some drug content | See all certifications »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$59,558, 19 January 1998, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$1,535,558, 5 April 1998
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Trivia

The literal translation of the Spanish title is "trembling flesh". See more »

Quotes

Sancho: You're aiming at your superior!
David: No, I'm aiming at a lunatic and a drunk!
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Connections

Referenced in Man yan (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Whirl-y-reel 2
(Folk Police Mix)
Written by Simon Emmerson, Martin Russell and Davy Spillane
Performed by Afro Celts and The A.C. Sound System
Produced by Simon Emmerson
Published by Real World Music Ltd., EMI Virgin Music Publishing, Sony Music Publishing
Copyright 1996 Real World Records Ltd.
Courtesy of Real World Records Ltd., Virgin Records Ltd., Carolina Records (North America)
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If you like Almodóvar, you'll probably like this one.
29 March 1999 | by See all my reviews

Almodóvar seems to be following the rule-"Stick to one thing and do it well." As usual he was able to create great characters and involve good symbolism based on a story which is full of ridiculously impossible coincidences and the sometimes predictable, but always irrational behavior of the characters.

As in some of his other films, the story involves characters who seem to be completely led by fate and always bound to their destinies. Each of the characters goes through a radical transformation in a relatively short period of time. In the end, noone is innocent and all are victims, but there is a romantic hope for a brighter future and a new start at life.

I liked the new set of actors and actresses that were cast, and I would hope to see them cast differently in another film


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