Mysterious Skin (2004)

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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.


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18 September 2005 | russell-sherman
10
| great film
As a movie lover and social worker, I was really moved throughout this film - for most of this film - by the subject matter and by the powerful portrayal and production of these characters. Overall, this is a highly rated movie and one can only wonder at the mentality of persons in Australia who pushed for the banning of this film. This is a realistic account of the affects on the victims of child abuse and tells a compelling story of their plight. But don't expect a happy ending; there is some resolution but you know the battle continues and their struggle to overcome will go on. (I'm getting emotional again just thinking about the last scene.) I work with young people (15-25) who have been abused, often by their own parents, and placed into the care system. However, I have had clients who have then been abused in care as well. It is hard to reconcile such young people but gaining justice is quite central, as is a belief they are accepted and worthwhile human beings. Because they may have been sexually aroused during the abuse they can often feel guilty and to blame. They often internalise these feelings and depending on their personalities they will implode against themselves (drugs etc) and/or become de-sensitised to certain feelings and take risks. The boys in this film portray these two dichotomies and they do it very well. 10 stars.

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Gregg Araki's first adapted screenplay.


Quotes

Brian: The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours. Lost. Gone without a trace.
Brian: Last thing I remember I was sitting on the bench at my Little League game. It started to rain. What happened after that remains a pitch black ...


Goofs

When Neil and Wendy are sitting in front of the drive-in theater listening to the speaker, Wendy's hair is in ponytails. After some snow, her hair style turns to a normal cut and the ponytails are gone. In the next shot they return.


Crazy Credits

"Blood Prom" Produced by Matthew Goldberg Directed by Jonny Gillette Crew and Cast: Kyle Jewell, Jonathan Dortch, Ricky Hayner, Patrick Okamura, Nicolas Barclift (as Nick Barclift), Valerie LaPointe, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Chad Hartigan, Mat Klickstein


Alternate Versions

The 2005 film reviews generally list a 99 minute run-time. The British Board of Film Classification, bbfc.co.uk, rated the uncut 105m 19s film as 18 on 5/20/2005. The 3/20/2006 "Unrated Director's Edition" Strand Releasing DVD has a 104m 59s run-time, but its case lists a 99m length; it is also anamorphic 853x479 pixels format (1.78:1 aspect) but the case lists Letterboxed. The Internet Movie Database technical specifications list a 107 min Sundance Channel Library Print, but on Sundance.com Sundance TV lists a 105 minutes run-time.


Soundtracks

Dagger
Written by
Neil Halstead
Performed by Slowdive
Courtesy of Creation Records Ltd./SBK Records
Under license from SINE a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited/EMI Film & Television Music
Used by permission of EMI Blackwood Music Inc.

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