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Denis Côté – A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) #Locarno70

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A window onto the universe of six bodybuilders doubled with a seamless narrative

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PODCAST | Bénédicte Prot interviews Denis Côté, director of the film A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse).

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Denis Côté, known for always moving from documentary to fiction and back, tells us how his latest feature A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse) fits into his work and about the relationship he had to develop with his real characters to tackle their all-consuming passion in a way that would create what it ultimately always fiction.

A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse): Jean-François, Ronald, Alexis, Cédric, Benoit and Maxim are gladiators of modern times. From the strongman to the top-class bodybuilder, to the veteran who has become a trainer, they all share the same definition and obsession with overcoming their limitations. They are waiting for the next competition, working hard in the gym and following extreme diets.’ (official synopsis) Beyond the impeccable, exquisite cinematography and the largely non verbal, almost musical treatment of the sound design, in both of which his hand and eye are clearly recognisable, in A Skin So Soft, Quebec’s Denis Côté pairs beautifully the vertical dimension of typological observation with a deeply human narration that unfolds quietly towards a somewhat dream-like conclusion.

For the official page of the film on the festival website, click here.


  • Reporter
    Bénédicte Prot
  • Guest
    Denis Côté
  • Interviewee role
  • Film title
    A Skin So Soft (Ta peau si lisse)
  • Festival section
    International Competition
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