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Skin Deep (2022)

The Story

Seeking a retreat where they can salvage their struggling relationship, young couple Leyla (Mala Emde) and Tristan (Jonas Dassler) travel to a remote island at the invitation of Leyla’s childhood friend Stella, where it soon becomes clear that what the island offers is more mysterious than a simple vacation. Leyla and Tristan join another couple in a ritual to exchange bodies and see the world through the eyes of someone else — a chance to find themselves or, for some of them, a chance at escape. Free from the constraints of her former body, Leyla quickly finds she has never been happier, with a fresh outlook on life and a new sense of release and fulfillment. But when she refuses to return to her old self, the situation threatens to spiral out of control. Subverting genre and gender as it toggles from body swap thriller to intimate relationship drama, Skin Deep tells a story that transcends bodies, embracing the endless fluid possibilities in the question of what it means to truly love someone.

The Deets

Runtime: 1h 43m
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance, Lgbtq+
Original Language: German
Original Title: Aus meiner Haut
Release Date (theaters): Feb 2, 2024  Limited

Main Cast

Jonas Dassler as Tristan , Mo , Leyla
Mala Emde as Leyla , Fabienne , Roman , Tristan
Dimitrij Schaad as Mo , Tristan
Thomas Wodianka as Roman , Leyla
Maryam Zaree as Fabienne , Leyla
Edgar Selge as Stella

Production & Crew

Distributor: Kino Lorber
Production Co: Walker Worm Film, Donndorffilm
Director(s): Alex Schaad
Writer(s): Dimitrij Schaad, Alex Schaad
Producer(s): Tobias Walker, Philipp Worm
Cinematography: Ahmed El Nagar
Music: Richard Ruzicka
Editor: Franziska Koeppel

The Trailer

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