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Mysterious Skin

Hack exploitation filmmakers like Todd Solondz or Larry Clark will quake in their boots at Gregg Araki's sophisticated, innovative and honest cinematic rendering of a troubling story about the different trajectory of two boys molested by their Little League baseball coach (Bill Sage - "American Psycho") in Hutchinson, Kansas. Adapted from Scott Heim's 1995 novel of the same name, Gregg Araki ("Totally F***ed Up") returns to directing after a five year absence to deliver an understated masterpiece of modern cinema that tackles the subject of pedophilia in a deeply personal and dramatically dynamic way. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (TV's "3rd Rock From The Sun") gives a sublime performance as Neil McCormick an emotionally traumatized victim of pedophilia who turns to prostitution to resolve his inner and outer conflicts. "Mysterious Skin" is a devastating yet beautiful film that honors its fragile characters with vital respect. Special features include commentary by Gregg Araki, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet and a book reading from Scott Heim's novel by Gordon-Levit and Corbet. Aspect ratio is 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, with sound quality processed in choice of DTS 5.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 and Dolby 2.0 stereo. (Movie – Five Stars, DVD features – Three Stars) Unrated, 99 mins. (TLA Releasing)

November 3, 2005 in Drama | Permalink