Mysterious Skin (Original Theatrical Director's Cut)
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Top Customer Reviews
This is a tough little film, dealing with topics that most people shy away from - child sexual molestation, drug abuse, prostitution and homosexuality. Araki doesn't flinch or shy away from any of them. It is a testsment to his incredible talent that he has made a film from this material which is both palatable and compelling.
In Hutchison, Kansas, during the summer of 1981, Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Brian (Brady Corbett), are molested by their little league baseball coach (Bill Sage). Brian's response to the abuse is to blackout and to forget what happened to him. In order to account for his two blackouts, Brian imagines that aliens abducted him. Neil, however, becomes the team's star player, and develops a summer long relationship with Coach. Unlike Brian, Neil both remembers and attempts to control and re-experience his exploitation by becoming a male prostitute. Eventually, Brian, haunted by bizarre dreams, seeks to end his general sense of malaise. After a fellow alien abductee encourages him to follow the clues from his dreams, Brian discovers that he and Neil share a common past.
So many of the things in this film are spot on. In point of fact, boys are more often abused by babysitters, coaches, and teachers. And while Neil tells his best friend Wendy about the abuse (after making her witness his abuse of another boy), neither boy tells his parents. Also, there is no recognizable symptom of sexual abuse; the two boys respond to their experience in remarkable different ways. Neil identifies with his abuser; Brian disassociates himself from his sexuality. Though both boys develop compulsive behaviors, the film skirts clear of oversimplifying their psychological distress.Read more ›
"The summer I was eight years old, five hours disappeared from my life"? so runs the catchy opening to the adapted film. The boy grows up believeing that he was abducted by strange aliens the five hours he was lost. The other grows up to be a gay hustler until he has a tragic and violent encounter. The material wasn't groundbreaking; it talks about paedophilic gay child abuse and the effects it had on the two boys involved in it long after it was over. However, it was the realism portrayed by the leads Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Third Rock From The Sun) and Brady Corbet that really shook me inside. It also revealed the stereotypical American gay society in the 80's and early 90's. The two little known actors and the supporting cast of Jeff Licon and Michelle Trachtenberg who play Levitt's best friends also lent great depth to the movie.
I really loved the scene where the snow fell and God was heard. Watch it for yourself, but it's not for the faint-hearted. (A)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
If you're looking for a controversial and poignant story, then this is it. Was wondering if the subtle message was that being sent was that these boys wouldn't have been gay if... Read morePublished 15 days ago by Tekrad
Very Deep & Emotional in so many ways! This was a great film about two boys coming to grip or realizing how their lives were turned upside down because of the abuse they suffer... Read morePublished 22 days ago by melissa l
This is one of those weird movies that I wanted in my collection. It talks about a sensitive issue; A young boy that was raped. Worst of all it was his friend that set him up. Read morePublished 3 months ago by John S. Baber
I saw this film on Hulu. The description did not give any details on how perverse this film actually is. If the graphic scenes were left out I would have given it a better rating. Read morePublished 3 months ago by JD
This is a little known movie made early in Joseph Gordon-Levitt's career. He certainly isn't playing the kind of character he did in Third Rock From The Sun on TV. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Michael P. Higgins
This is an interesting film about two boys that were abused by their coach as children and how they coped with it over the next ten years and finally came to grips with each other... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Roy Evans
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Here's a website that discusses the differences:
There's also another link within that site that takes you to another website that writes about the legal issues that came about between the producers... Read More
Jan 16, 2013 by Alex H | See all 3 posts
Did you ever find out what was up? I bought the deluxe unrated director's edition, which also claimed to be widescreen/letterbox/16x9, but it plays fullscreen instead.
Mar 14, 2008 by Alex W. | See all 4 posts