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Skin Deep (2024)

The Story

“Skin Deep” (2024) delves into the complex themes of identity, desire, and the societal pressures surrounding relationships, exploring them through a unique premise: body swapping. 

The film centers on Leyla and Tristan, a seemingly perfect young couple traveling to a remote island for a getaway hosted by Leyla’s childhood friend. Unbeknownst to them, the island offers an unusual experience – the chance to swap bodies with another couple for a limited time. Enticed by the prospect, Leyla and Tristan embark on this mind-bending journey. What unfolds is a nuanced exploration of their individual and shared desires, insecurities, and perceptions. As they navigate their new realities within unfamiliar bodies, Leyla experiences a liberating sense of self-discovery, while Tristan grapples with the challenges of inhabiting her perspective. 

The film prompts deeper questions about societal expectations, gender roles, and the true essence of connection. Does Leyla’s newfound confidence stem solely from her physical transformation, or does it tap into deeper desires she previously suppressed? Can Tristan truly understand Leyla’s experiences, even within her borrowed body? 

As their individual journeys converge, “Skin Deep” challenges viewers to confront their own biases and preconceptions about identity, offering a thought-provoking commentary on the complexities of love, desire, and the search for self-acceptance.

The Deets

Rating: NR
Runtime: 1h 43m
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Romance
Original Language: German
Release Date (theaters): Feb 2, 2024  Limited
Release Date (Streaming): Apr 2, 2024

Main Cast

Leonardo DiCaprio as Ernest Burkhart
Robert De Niro as William King Hale
Lily Gladstone as Mollie Burkhart
Jesse Plemons as Thomas Bruce White Sr.
Tantoo Cardinal as Lizzie Q
John Lithgow as Peter Leaward

Production & Crew

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

The Trailer

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