Clara, unable to bear Sancho's abuse any longer, leaves him in a violence scene, leaving him bloodied.David arrives and helps Sancho clean his wounds before showing Sancho photographs he has been taking of Víctor and Clara.Afterwards, David tells his wife what Víctor said, admitting that he was having an affair with Clara.Elena is disgusted, but still plans to leave the orphanage to get away from Víctor.Produced by El Deseo, Ci By 2000, and France 3 Cinéma, Live Flesh enjoyed mostly positive reviews in Spain even by critics who had previously dismissed Almodóvar’s work criticizing the plot structure of his films.José Arroyo in Sight and Sound praised the film’s "emotional pitch: raw, fearful, passionate", its brilliant cinematic qualities and the high standard of acting by the five leads.Before leaving the cemetery he encounters Sancho's wife Clara, who has arrived too late for Elena's service. David stops by Víctor's house and warns him not to go near his wife.Víctor challenges him to prevent him from doing whatever he wants, but David punches him below the belt.
He demonstrates how Sancho made him squeeze the trigger because Sancho knew David was having an affair with Clara.
Elena, now his wife, cheers him on from the sidelines.
Víctor has made good use of his time in jail, taking a correspondence course in education, working out, and enriching his mind with a variety of subjects, including the Bible. His mother has died, leaving him some money and a house in an area scheduled for demolition.
David tries to calm him down and get him to drop his gun, but Sancho sabotages his efforts by repeatedly threatening Víctor.
Finally, David puts his gun to Sancho's head and gets first Sancho and then Víctor to put down their guns. Sancho then lunges for Víctor, and as they wrestle for the gun it fires.