The second film i’ve seen in two days that had an “oh dear, this won’t end well” feel to it, this is a modern take on ‘Frankenstein Created Woman‘ with Antonio Banderas taking the role of the deranged Doctor falling in love with his own creation, in this case a prisoner, Vera (the gorgeous Elena Anaya), plastic surgically altered to resemble his dead wife.
Beyond those basic facts, it’s difficult to describe because there are several plot twists and the fewer you know in advance, the more you’d enjoy the film. Being an Almodovar film, it has some strong female roles but the main focus is equally on Vera and Banderas’ Robert.
There are a couple of pretty nasty scenes, not gratuitously, I think and I was engrossed ’til the end. One of the better films I’ve seen this year.