A Skin So Soft

Showed at Images 8/17/2019

Starring: Cédric Doyon, Maxim Lemire, Alexis Légaré, Ronald Yang, Jean-François Bouchard, Benoit Lapierre

Artfully observing the world of male bodybuilding, Quebecois filmmaker Denis Côté crafts an intimate portrait of six latter-day Adonises and their everyday lives of ritualistic workouts, extreme diets and elaborate posing, all in service of achieving perfectly sculpted physiques. Capturing the physical brawn and emotional complexity of these men with wit and tenderness, A Skin So Soft is a self-reflexive rumination on the long tradition of filming the human body that also offers a fascinating perspective on contemporary masculinity.

  • Director: Denis Côté
  • Runtime: 1 hour 34 minutes
  • Genre: Documentary

“The pleasure of Denis Côté’s A Skin So Soft radiates not so much from its storytelling as it does from the meditative force of its formal construction. Côté’s camera relishes the silence of daily moments when these physically hardened men put down their weights and become fundamentally human.”

– Slant