A Skin So Soft


The Main 2 Mon, Apr 16, 2018 9:50 PM
The Main 2 Wed, Apr 18, 2018 5:00 PM
Ticket Prices
General Public:$14.00
Film Info
Original Title:Ta Pau Si Lisse
Premiere Status:Minnesota Premiere
Programs:Frame Forward
Tags:Culture & Society
Health & Wellness
Voice Category:Film on the Fringe
Release Year:2017
Runtime:94 min
Website:Official Website
Print Source:Films Boutique
Director:Denis Coté
Producer:Denis Coté
Jeanne-Marie Poulain
Joëlle Bertossa
Dounia Sichov
Cinematographer:François Messier Rheault
Editor:Nicolas Roy
Principal Cast:Alexis Légaré
Benoit Lapierre
Cédric Doyon
Jean-François Bouchard
Ronald Yang
Maxim Lemire


The lives of six Canadian bodybuilders are at the heart of veteran filmmaker Denis Côté’s observational documentary feature. A Skin So Soft, translated from a French phrase meaning “a skin so smooth,” explores the various personal and professional lives of a collective of men as each awaits his next competition in the glorified, some may say glamorous, world of bodybuilding.

Exploring the duality between physical extremes and the humanity beneath it, Côté offers an earnest eye in showcasing each of the film’s subjects, varying in age and weight, as they perform aspects of traditional masculinity and femininity with ease. Whether applying bronzer and oils to make skin glisten or spending time with family, each man stands as a vision of his own making—while simultaneously navigating their paths in a very unique world of muscle men.

Director Biography

Denis Coté Denis Coté is a revered filmmaker based in Quebec. He was born in November, 1973 in Canada. He started making films short films in the 90s and his feature-film debut came with Drifting States (’05), a film that earned him Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival.



"Smooth, bulging, oiled, tatted, exposed: Denis Côté’s humane fascination with six bodybuilders tosses aside grandstanding and focuses on the odd duality of man and muscle." - Variety


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