A pregnant dwarf, a boy who thinks he’s a mermaid, a prostitute without eyes, a hopeless romantic with half her face melting off her skull and a lady with an anus in her face instead of a mouth - all of them look for love and a place in society. Stunning first feature is a wonderfully subversive and utterly moving piece of cinema.
Skins is a pastel-hued mosaic combining stories of people that are in some way deformed. The way they look obviously influences the way they (are forced to) live and the way other people look at them. Although some scenes are really gross, director Eduardo Casanova shows great compassion for his characters. Under its subversive looks, Skins is very sweet, touching on universal themes of loneliness and the longing for love and inclusion. Skins combines the vulgarity of John Waters and the aesthetic perfection of Wes Anderson with the sense of melodrama of Almodóvar and the surreal of Kaurismäki.