Archive of films A Skin So Soft / Ta Peau si lisse
Canada / Switzerland / France
2017, 94 min
Section: Another View
This merciless observational piece focuses on modern gladiators (wrestlers, bodybuilders, and trainers) who maintain extreme diets, toil in the weight room, and follow a strict daily routine. Each of these peak individuals has a different goal, but they all share the same obsession: to push beyond the limits of their bodies.
Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit, and Maxim – musclemen who find meaning in life by working on their bodies. A perfectly sculpted, monumental physique can be a project in itself or a glistening mass on display, but also an instrument of gargantuan physical power that unconditionally submits to a relentless daily routine. In his documentary renowned critic and independent filmmaker Denis Côté provocatively evokes the everydayness of these living hulks rather than obsequiously sensationalizing their world of sweat, glitter, and pain. Whatever we find here, an overdeveloped ideal of handsome bravery (kalokagathia) or an unhealthy obsession, Côté leaves it for each viewer to decide.
About the director
Denis Côté (b. 1973, New Brunswick, Canada). Selected filmography: Drifting States (Les états nordiques, 2005), Our Private Lives (Nos vies privées, 2007), All That She Wants (Elle veut le chaos, 2008), Carcasses (2009), Curling (2010), Bestiaire (2012), Vic + Flo Saw a Bear (Vic et Flo ont vu un ours, 2013), Joy of Man’s Desiring (Que ta joie demeure, 2014), Boris Without Béatrice (Boris sans Béatrice, 2016)
About the film
|Dir. of Photography:||François Messier Rheault|
|Producer:||Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov, Denis Côté|
|Production:||Art et Essai|
|Coproduction:||93386233, Close Up Films, The Addiction|