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Pieles (Skins)

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Pieles (Skins)
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This movie will make your skins dry.
Genre: Drama
Directed By: Eduardo Casanova
Written By: Eduardo Casanova
Starring: Macarena Gómez
Distributed By: Netflix
Release Date: February 11, 2017
Runtime: 1 Hour and 29 Minutes
Country: Spain
Language: Spanish


Plot

Deformed, disfigured characters must find a way to deal with society shunning their differences.

Why It Sucks

  1. It's a rip-off of Magnolia and Crash.
  2. While the movie is supposed to promote acceptance to the disabled population, it does it horribly wrong due to how it uses the concept for sexuality, grossness, and bad attempts at humor.
  3. Most of the characters in the movie seldom have real world disabilities but are rather mutated.
    • Vanessa has dwarfism.
    • Laura is a girl born without eyes.
    • Ana, Guillie, and Ernesto are simply burn victims and are left with deformed melting-like skin.
    • Samantha (who's, by far, the worst example of the movie over-the-top gross disability concepts) is a young woman who has an anus instead of a mouth, even with pubic hair around her anus making it look like she has facial hair, while her actual mouth is in her ass. We wish we were kidding.
    • While Christian looks normal, except he’s in a wheel chair and doesn’t have a birth defect or deformity like the other characters, he suffers from body integrity identity disorder. He wishes to be a mermaid but want to have his legs surgically removed to do so.
  4. The movie overuses nudity and gross-out content for the sake of it and to disgust the viewer in purpose but contributes nothing to the story.
    • There’s a naked old woman at the beginning of the movie for some explained reason and there’s even a large focus on her breasts for a good part of the beginning. Seeing the old woman’s nude body is terrifying.
    • There are many shots of some of the character either naked or showing their privates.
  5. While not as bad as in movies like A Serbian Film or Saló, the movie features some extremely disturbing and malicious content:
    • At the beginning of the film, the pedophile husband of the old woman (who by the way, created those mutated humans, so he knew that society would shun them) is implied to have sex with a prepubescent girl! What makes it worse is that there is no trigger warning for viewers traumatized from child sexual abuse or overall sensitive people, all the more making it seem okay!
    • The infamous scene where Samantha gets raped in the street.
  6. Apparently, the film is also supposed to be a dark comedy; yet, it's difficult to find any scene in the movie that's remotely amusing.
  7. The scene where it’s Samantha’s birthday is rather illogical and defeats the premise of the movie:
    • Samantha is often the source of butt and fart jokes in the movie. And her "blowing" on her candles is obviously made for comedic effect. It fails badly.
    • Why did she fart through her anus mouth when her real mouth is where her anus should be? Human flatulence is also flammable and in real life, this could’ve caught the entire house on fire.
  8. Everyone except Christian, who died because he wanted Samantha to run over him so he can get his legs cut off is in his afterlife as a mermaid, gets a happy ending. While he got his wish, death is definitely not a happy ending.
  9. The movie tries hardly to be artistic and aesthetic by having centered shots and a pink/purple color palette, but it ends up being pointless due to the disgusting content of the film.
  10. The soundtrack is bad.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. While the respresentation of disabilities is done wrong, it’s somewhat accurate because the main shunned from society, like Samantha was sexually assaulted, while she tried to commit suicide, she survived and got a boyfriend, the burn victims got reconstruction surgery, and Vanesa, who was pregnant, ended up having her baby.
  2. The characters being an experiment is a very interesting concept, maybe their sole purpose was to teach the world how to accept disabilities.
  3. Although muddled in the plot, the movie does reach it’s goal in pushing acceptance towards people with disabilities and differences.

Reception

Skins got 55% on Rotten Tomatoes and received numerous bad reviews on YouTube.

Trivia

  • Samantha was Eduardo Casanova‘s first character and was featured in his short film “Eat My Shit”.

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