Perfect Skin (2019)
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Kevin Chicken
Writers: Kevin Chicken, Dusan Tolmac
Producers: Fiona Campbell, Cordelia Plunket
Date Released: January 26, 2019
Richard Brake as Bob / tattooist
Natalia Kostrzewa as Katia
Jo Woodcock as Lucy / Katia’s roommate
Rating = 2.5/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Perfect Skin follows the life of a failing tattoo artist, Bob – in terms of his health and his personal life falling apart. He befriends a young Polish girl, Katia, who is desperate to find a place to live and surviving the life in London. After being diagnosed with early-onset Parkinson’s, a disease that will end his career, his marriage became strained and eventually fell apart. With the clock ticking, he has become obsessed with creating one final masterpiece before his body gives in to the disease. When Katia’s roommate Lucy was called to take care of her ailing mother, Bob takes advantage of Katia’s solitude and kidnaps her, locking her in a jail cell under his tattoo shop. From here on she became the blank canvass the he goes to work on.
There is not much gore and blood in the film except for one death where she was cut to pieces. Most of the disturbing scenes are in the infliction of pain showing piercings all over the body. One of the scenes that will make anyone cringed is that being hang from chains hooked into skin would be anything less than excruciating.
The Grave Review
Perfect Skin (2019) is a mystery thriller revolving around artistic obsession and inevitable need to fulfill that obsession. It is a complete and forced manipulation of the subject involving a psychopath.
The film has produced outstanding performance from all the characters which makes it believable. Richard Brake gives the performance of his life in this atmospheric and oddly charming tale of artistic obsession. Katia (Natalia Kostrzewa), also did excellent performance as a willing victim.
The movie was able to amply develop the characters and give the audience the time to sympathize or accept the antagonists’ mindset. Granted there are elements of torture, Bob taking ownership of Katia’s very flesh in the name of art, but her treatment is never overtly cruel. It may have been more intriguing to believe she was also being transformed mentally. However, there was a twisted plan otherwise and she was able to exact a bloody revenge on Bob.
Although the movie has very strong indication of body mutilation, the movie was wonderfully told and acted.
For the foregoing reasons, is, Grave Reviews gives Perfect Skin (2019) two and half graves out of 5 graves.
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