the i who still breathes
by Douglas Messerli
Influenced to a certain degree by Georges Franju’s elegant horror film, Less yeux sans visage Almodóvar’s langorous study of control over another being takes us into a secret world of a tortured Frankenstein who, with the advances of today’s science, can completely transform the human body. Much like Franju’s Doctor Génessier, Robert Ledgard, heading an isolated clinic and operating out of his house, has suffered the horror of seeing a wife severely burned in an automobile accident, evidently caused by his half-brother, the brutal and bestial Zeca, with whom she was having an affair. Through patient nursing and the attentions of her doctor-husband, the wife survives, but upon witnessing her burned shell of her body in the glass of a window, she leaps to her death.