Esther, a self-conscious business woman, works for a large public relations firm in Paris, France. Living with her boyfriend, Vincent, Esther's life seems to be on the upswing, with a large promotion and the opportunity to manage a large jewelery account for her firm. One night at a party, Esther wanders into the backyard of the house where she accidently cuts her leg on a piece of metal. Esther goes back into the party like nothing happened, only discovering the injury was much more severe than she originally thought. Esther goes to the doctor, who recommends a skin graft, but Esther refuses. Becoming obesses with her wound, Esher never lets it heal, constantly sneaking away to cut herself and pick at the wound. Marina de Van's In My Skin is a disturbing, psychological portrait of a woman's fractured psyche. In My Skin is a rough film to watch, relentless in its examination of the alienation and isolation that tkaes place in a self-destructive individual. From a technical standpoint, In My Skin is a well-crafted film that effectively and unflinchingly transports the viewer into Esther's warped mind. The biggest problem I have with In My Skin is it feels more interested in exploiting a tragic disorder for the sake of shock value than ever trying to actually understand what makes Esther tick. We see the effect her disorder has on her, the growing paranoia and strange behavior, but the viewer is given very little in terms of the how/why this woman became the way she did. With In My Skin, Marina de Van has created one of the most unflinching portraits of psychosis i've ever seen, but unfortuntely the film doesnt do enough from a character perspective to make it anything but a unique serving of subversive cinema.
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