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The Skin I'm In2012

  • 3.9
In 2005, filmmaker Broderick Fox was found on the Berlin subway tracks with his head split open and a lethal blood alcohol level of 0.47. Strangers pulled him to safety, giving him a second chance at life and propelling him on a global journey to explore the limits of body, mind, spirit and art. Spanning Germany, Canada, Japan, Kenya and the United States, Fox's journey includes collaborations with Canadian First-Nations artist Rande Cook and African-American artist Zulu, who help him memorialize his experiences in a full back tattoo. In our digital age where personal confession and self-exposure abound, Fox instead transforms his experiences into art, making a film that is both innovative and accessible.

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Broderick Fox gets a very permanent tattoo, all the while exploring the mutability of identity, during the course of this autobiographical documentary. The contradictory nature of these two activities adds to the interest of the film, which is also graced by Fox's ability to remain seemingly quite objective in assessing his own life. Most importantly, Fox stays away from blame-casting and self-pity in favor of introspection. My personal emotional reaction was to be put off for the first few minutes, but I stuck with the film and am glad I did so.

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Broderick Fox gets a very permanent tattoo, all the while exploring the mutability of identity, during the course of this autobiographical documentary. The contradictory nature of these two activities adds to the interest of the film, which is also graced by Fox's ability to remain seemingly quite objective in assessing his own life. Most importantly, Fox stays away from blame-casting and self-pity in favor of introspection. My personal emotional reaction was to be put off for the first few minutes, but I stuck with the film and am glad I did so.

3 members like this review