Mysterious Skin


This indie film takes a look at childhood sexual abuse, and the consquences for the victims. The two male leads were both abused by their baseball coach as little kids. Now as adults, the one is a male hustler, while the other has concocted an alien abduction as his way of dealing with the past. While they spend most of the movie apart, dealing with the people in their lives, they reunite towards the end for resolution. Reviews have been mixed.

104 minutes.
No persons under 18 (Sex, Violence).
Drama, Gay interest, On the art circuit

Showtimes

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Credits

Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Tachtenberg, Bill Sage
Director
Gregg Araki
ScreenplayGregg Araki, from the novel by Scott Heim
MusicHarold Budd, Robin Guthrie
CinematographySteve Gainer
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SA distributorUIP
Made in2004
Produced byDesperate Pictures, Antidote Films, Fortissimo Film Sales

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Film and Publications Board (FPB) Report (SA)

GenreDrama
LanguageFrequent, strong, almost gratuitous
NudityAlmost explicit, sexual
SexStrong, frequent, intense, graphic
ViolenceInfrequent, intense, bloody
PrejudiceMild and occassional
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsVarious scenes involve child sexual abuse and violence implied strongly. Risque sexual acts.
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Ratings

Scale (Max)20

What the Critics say

Cape Argus
Derek Wilson
15
Die Burger
Jacques Liebenberg
15
Mail & Guardian
Shaun de Waal
18
Sowetan
Tankiso Komane
15
The Star
Desson Thomas
16
Sunday Times
Barry Ronge
15
BBC
Neil Smith
5
Box Office
Susan Green
8
Chicago Sunday Times
Roger Ebert
18
eye Weekly
Adam Nayman
13
The Times
Wendy Ide
15

What the People say

Internet
1283 Netizens
16

Average .. 70%

14




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