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Segunda Piel / Second Skin
Lola Films
Official Site
Director: Gerardo Vera
Producer: Marco Gomez
Written by: Andres Gonzalez Sinde
Cast: Javier Bardem, Jordi Molla, Ariadna Gil, Cecilia Roth
Rating: out of 5


Second Skin is so bad it almost has to be seen to be believed. But don’t: We don’t want to encourage this sort of thing. Updating its tired telenovela plot by having a man cheat on his wife with—gasp!—another man was not sufficient to make this movie worth your time or your money, I don’t care how badly you want to see Javier Bardem slick with sex-sweat. Let’s get this over with.

Alberto (Molla) has a lovely wife, a healthy young son, and a thriving career. He also has something going on the side, in the form of Diego (Bardem), the surgeon who is his lover. Alberto is one weak, sad piece of work. He cheats on Elena (Gil) with Diego, who is blissfully unaware that his lover is a family man. Diego’s medical partner, Eva (Roth), tells him there’s something not right about his latest flame. And eventually there are too many excuses made, too many assignations missed, and Diego begins to wonder what Alberto’s up to when he’s not with him.

Meanwhile, while putting away a suit from the dry cleaners, Elena finds—yes you’ve guessed it—a hotel bill and a phone number. Drawing the logical soap opera conclusion, she discovers Alberto’s infidelity (long before Diego does, by the way). The rest of the movie is a love triangle amidst a welter of the horrid, swelling strings of the score, the pensive-looking people walking along the shore, and the requisite tragic ending. It’s like the very worst the Oxygen Channel could offer up. What on earth would induce anyone to be in this wretched movie? How could Spanish cinema, which I have long admired, do this to me, a loyal fan? I can only assume that it was the frank on-screen all-boy action that persuaded a producer to finance this gaysploitation dog of a film. Stay away in droves.

—Roxanne Bogucka

 

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