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
It was an solid indie. Worth a watch if you like the actors.Published 25 days ago by William E Clark
Sensitive, profound portrayal with great acting and an intelligent treatment of people's belief in alien abductions, without being condescending. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tantra Bensko
I purchased this without really looking at the subject matter. It is a completely disturbed movie and belongs in its own category of disgusting films.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a great movie about two boys who suffer from when they were abducted to a man and end up being prodtitute even they went back home safe. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Hee Chul Kwon
A top notch film! I am late in discovering this film but I am very pleased.
I consider this a non-fiction story. An adventure through the main actors life, WILD! Read more
NOT MY CUP OF TEA...BUT I THINK THAT YOUNGER PEOPLE WOULD LIKE IT..PERHAPS THOSE IN THEIR TEENS OR TWENTIES COULD GET "INTO IT"Published 3 months ago by CHRISTINA HIGGINS