Archive of films A Skin So Soft / Ta Peau si lisse

Canada / Switzerland / France
2017, 94 min

Section: Another View
Year: 2018

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.

Jiří Blažek

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)


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About the film

Color, DCP

Section: Another View
Director: Denis Côté
Screenplay: Denis Côté
Dir. of Photography: François Messier Rheault
Editor: Nicolas Roy
Producer: Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Joëlle Bertossa, Dounia Sichov, Denis Côté
Production: Art et Essai
Coproduction: 93386233, Close Up Films, The Addiction
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