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A Skin So Soft

Denis Côté
Ta peau si lisse
Canada 2017 / 93’
subtitles: Polish and English
A Quiet Dream April’s Daughter

Serious-sounding slogans on T-Shirts: Strong EnoughTorture Chamber, Unleash the Beast. Extensive tattoos depicting mosaics of flames or hellish figures. And, above all, muscles: overgrown, stretching the skin to its limits, creating a monumental physique. In his documentary, Denis Côté portrays a number of men who have devoted their lives to bodybuilding. He shows their persistence and backbreaking effort, as well as their narcissism, which is a bit paradoxical, since it is difficult to reconcile with their image as modern barbarians. The protagonists lift incredible weights before proudly flexing in front of a mirror, a camera lens, or a crowd of people. The director looks at them with fascination and affection, pleasantly surprised that these tough guys just want to feel beautiful.

Piotr Mirski


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Denis Côté

Denis Côté is a Canadian director, born in 1973. He studied at Collège Ahuntsic in Montreal. He worked for some time as a film critic on radio and for the magazine ici. After a series of short films, he directed his debut, Drifting States, for which he won a Golden Leopard at the Locarno Festival. Many of his films have been screened at New Horizons, including his recent films Vic + Flo Saw a Bear and Boris Without Béatrice.

Selected filmography

2005 Les États Nordiques / Drifting States

2008 Ona chce chaosu / Elle veut le chaos / All That She Wants

2009 Wraki / Carcasses (doc.)

2013 Vic+Flo zobaczyły niedźwiedzia / Vic+Flo ont vu un ours / Vic+Flo Saw a Bear

2016 Boris bez Béatrice / Boris Without Beatrice / Boris sans Béatrice

2017 Gładka skóra / Ta peau si lisse / A Skin So Soft (doc.)

Cast & Crew

director Denis Côté
screenplay Denis Côté
cinematography François Messier-Rheault
editing Nicolas Roy
sound Fernand-Philippe Morin-Vargas, Frédéric Cloutier, Clovis Gouaillier, Gaëlle Komar
cast Jean-François Bouchard, Ronald Yang, Cédric Doyon, Benoit Lapierre, Alexis Légaré, Maxim Lemire
producer Jeanne-Marie Poulain, Denis Côté, Joëlle Bertrossa, Dounia Sichov
production 93386233 / Art Et Essai, Close Up Films, The Addiction, Films Boutique
sales Films Boutique
language French, English
colouration colour