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‘Cold Skin’ Review: Xavier Gens’ Latest Nightmare Offers an Icy Twist on ‘The Shape of Water’ — Fantasia Fest 2018

‘Cold Skin’ Review: Xavier Gens’ Latest Nightmare Offers an Icy Twist on ‘The Shape of Water’ — Fantasia Fest 2018

The year is 1914, the planet is about to crack open under the bloody strain of World War I, and a nameless man played by British actor David Oakes is sailing towards the ends of the earth in order to get away from it all. Xavier Gens’ “Cold Skin” never tells us much about who he was, or what inspired him to run from it — the film eschews even the hazy background information that Albert Sánchez Piñol provided in his 2002 novel of the same name — but it’s clear that this sturdy, unremarkable bloke has no further interest in violence.

In fact, our hero is so eager for serenity that he’s decided to abandon human civilization for an entire year, agreeing to work as a meteorologist on a uninhabited island in a frigid corner of the South Atlantic. Those familiar with Gens’ previous films (“The Crucifixion” and “The Divide” typifying

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