A Skin So Soft
Ta Peau Si Lisse
Six men obsessed with bodybuilding reveal their intimate relationship with their bodies in experimental master Denis Côté’s latest outing.
Six men from vastly different backgrounds have one thing in common – their obsession to achieve the perfect physique through bodybuilding. Quietly observational, A Skin So Soft captures the intense commitment these men have towards maintaining and improving their bodies to satisfy their own vanities. Scenes of rippling muscle and gleaming skin are juxtaposed with ordinary sequences of family time and work; their overtly muscled bodies attaining a faintly ludicrous, yet luminous, quality.
In its persistent focus on the body, the film’s gaze goes beyond the hyper-masculine appearances of these men, exposing a peculiar vulnerability that emerges through the constant preening and posing. Through their bodies, these men invite our gaze but are also vulnerable because of it. In their narcissistic desire to achieve the perfect form, all other modes of desire are rendered secondary.
Cast & Credits
Denis Côté is a Canadian director and producer. His films, including Curling (2010), Bestiaire (2012), Vic+Flo Saw a Bear (2013) and Boris Without Béatrice (2016), have screened internationally at various festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Locarno and Berlinale, winning multiple accolades.
Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov, Denis Côté
Jean-François Bouchard, Ronald Yang, Maxim Lemire
• In-competition, Locarno International Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, New York Film Festival 2017
• Official Selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2017