In My Skin (2002)

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Avg Rating: 4.4 / 5. Voted: 31

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AKA: Dans Ma Peau
Year: 2002
Directed by: Marina de Van
Starring: Marina de Van (Esther), Laurent Lucas (Vincent), Lea Drucker (Sandrine)
Country: France, European Cinema
Language: French (English Subtitles)
Runtime: 01:30:42
Genres: Gore-Gruesome, Self-Harm, Scars

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.

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Justin Price
Justin Price
June 24, 2020 3:36 am

A beautiful film. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to get into foreign horror.

Angel
Angel
July 2, 2020 2:31 am

amazing film, it dosn’t need much gore to make you feel uncomfortable. her flesh is her secret lover, i think is brilliant

princessdestruction#8028
princessdestruction#8028
August 12, 2020 12:41 am

this movie doesn’t have a climax, but i didn’t really expect one, it’s an alright movie

Zed Man
Zed Man
May 27, 2021 12:27 pm

Dont know why, but this film made me feel nauseous. Self harm does not normally bother me, but when they start to eat bits of themselves, its in a class of its own. The only self harm movie to make me cringe was ”Cutting Moments” by Douglas Buck. Anyone interested, you can see it on YT, but it has a few cuts. In other words, the censors make a few cuts on the cuts in the film, lmfao.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
Reply to  Zed Man
August 10, 2021 8:26 am

Some really bad acting in cutting moments..

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Antinatalpist
August 10, 2021 9:52 am

True, but the gore is spot on, especially in the breast cutting scene. That is the scene that was totally cut out of the YT version.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
Reply to  Zed Man
August 10, 2021 11:40 pm

Was it cut from the trilogy of America dvd? I had the dvd..

Zed Man
Zed Man
Reply to  Antinatalpist
August 11, 2021 1:13 am

Depends on the dvd distributors, but I would think that if you live in the US it would have to be the unrated version. The censors always were unhappy with this film as it also contains references to incest and pedophilia. Regards.

Doc ♥
Doc ♥
August 7, 2021 2:06 pm

Wow. We both absolutely loved this movie. Our eyes were glued to the screen. It’s hard to explain just how beautiful this movie is so watch it yourselves.

Doc ♥
Doc ♥
Reply to  Doc ♥
August 7, 2021 2:07 pm

What we can say though is that the auto-cannibalism was so orgasmic and gorgeous.

Karen
Karen
August 10, 2021 1:21 am

Out of all the movies I’ve seen, this was one of them.

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