AKA: Dans Ma Peau
Directed by: Marina de Van
Starring: Marina de Van (Esther), Laurent Lucas (Vincent), Lea Drucker (Sandrine)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Genres: Gore-Gruesome, Self-Harm, Scars, Cannibalism
Plot – Spoilers:
Esther is in a high pressure job that doesn’t forgive too many screwups. Her boyfriend Vincent is keen on taking their relationship further and the two are considering moving in together. Sandrine is Esther’s friend from college and recommended her for the job – the two are quite close and Sandrine often looks out for her.
So all good at this point, until one loud office party when Esther steps out for some quiet and trips on some backyard junk. She only notices a while later, that she has been cut badly. The fact that she didn’t notice the wound strikes her doctor and friends as odd, and soon this bizarre oddity sets her down a comforting path of self-mutilation. Meanwhile, her relationships with all around bear the brunt of her new obsession and she soon starts concocting wild fancies to hide her gory escapes.
In My Skin could easily have turned into a parody or another gore-fest if it weren’t for the brilliant intensity and manic eyes of Director/Actor Marina de Van. There are several moments that will stay with you long after you’re done – personal favorite is the self-cannibalized tasty little treats Esther indulges in, after a particularly unsatisfying corporate dinner.