The Man Who Sold His Skin (2020)


“Don’t take it badly, ok? F*ck you.” – Sam Ali

Number of Times Seen – 1 (23 Apr 2021)

Brief Synopsis – In order to escape from his oppressed life in Syria, a man allows an artist to tattoo a masterpiece on his back which will forces him to be a living piece of art in a gallery.

My Take on it –I have made it a habit over the last few years to try and watch every one of the full length Oscar nominated films.

This was the final one that I needed to see in order to complete my list for 2020.

I knew nothing about it besides the fact that it got an Oscar nomination this year in the International Feature Film category.

Very strange premise that is surprising that it’s based on a real idea.

The character’s plight is shown really well and that allows us to sympathize with everything that he goes through even though he does take things to an extreme by trying to show that this is the only option this character has in life.

The way that the film shows the black market for buying art is intriguing to see even if the movie fails to be much more engaging in all that it does.

Despite the themes of this film, it’s quite hard to actually care about the character or get deeply immersed in the story based on the way that it’s presented to us.

This film was nominated for an Oscar for Best International Film and is also the very first film from Tunisia to garner a nomination in this category.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Kaouther Ben Hania was visiting the Louvre Museum in Paris in 2012 which at the time was devoting a retrospective to Belgium artist Wim Delvoye. There she saw, in Napoleon III Apartments, Delvoye’s Tim, (2006 – 08) in which the artist had tattooed the back of Tim Steiner, who was sitting on an armchair with his shirt off displaying Delvoye’s design. The piece was sold to a German art collector and Tim is contractually obliged to spend a certain amount of time, topless and sitting still, in a gallery every year. Wim Delvoye appears in the movie as the insurance guy. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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