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Antonio Banderas and Elena Amaya in a scene from “The Skin I Live In.’’ Banderas plays a plastic surgeon who inwardly morphs into a vengeful monster. Antonio Banderas and Elena Amaya in a scene from “The Skin I Live In.’’ Banderas plays a plastic surgeon who inwardly morphs into a vengeful monster. (José Haro/Sony Pictures Classics)
By Janice Page
Globe Staff / October 23, 2011

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TORONTO - There’s no way that Antonio Banderas could have anticipated he’d have a pair of big movies opening on the same Friday in October. But the collision of the two films this coming week, and the wide gulf between their target audiences, makes a convenient illustration of his career trajectory. The handsome Spanish movie star, who was pretty much discovered by Pedro Almodovar when that filmmaker cast him in 1982’s “Labyrinth of Passion,’’ stars in Almodovar’s latest, “The Skin I Live In,’’ which marks their first reunion since 1990’s “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!’’ Movie #2 is “Puss in Boots,’’ the cartoon spinoff that puts Banderas’s “Shrek’’ character front and center in the hopes that a brand new franchise litter may be born.

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