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Mysterious Skin [DVD] [2005]

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  • Actors: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Rachael Nastassja Kraft, Lisa Long, Chris Mulkey
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Oct. 2005
  • Run Time: 99 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009X799S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,812 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Off-beat indie drama. Brian Lackey (Brady Corbet) went missing for five hours when he was eight-years-old, an event that he remains convinced was the result of alien abduction. In the same small Kansas town, teenage hustler Neil McCormick (Joseph Gordon Levitt) is a confused outsider with a promiscuous mother (Elisabeth Shue) and who was abused as a child by his Little League coach (Bill Sage). Locked into their own obsessions, both young men pursue a self-destructive path that will lead them towards each other, and will result in each of them trying to exorcise the demons of their past. Also starring Michelle Trachtenberg.

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Elce VINE VOICE on 26 Jun. 2007
Format: DVD
Joseph Gordon-Levitt has come a long way. In 1998 his biggest claim to fame was an ice-skate in the face courtesy of Michael Myers. Nowadays, however, he's one of the most promising acting talents around. Truly, Gordon-Levitt's performance as a teenage hustler who was abused as a child remains one of the most stunning in recent memory and is one of the factors that makes "Mysterious Skin" such an encapsulating viewing experience, even if it never amounts to anything comfortable. 2005's "Mysterious Skin" doesn't offer any pat resolutions to its troubled main characters, nor does is shy away from some of the grim realities of modern day society. Overall, this is an astonishingly frank, uncompromising motion picture that will surely prove to divide audiences in the future and present day for its impromptu method of handling its numerous, interlocking plot elements. Even if, in the end, the movie becomes surprisingly predictable it can never be accused of being anything less than poignant.

"Mysterious Skin" details the diverse life of two individuals whose lives are intertwined with each other for reasons unknown. One, Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), is a teenage street hustler willing to do anything sexual for money. Neil himself was abused as a child but, unlike most abused children, actually enjoyed the sexual abuse he received at the hands of his little league coach (Bill Sage). Neil savours attention, part of why he allowed for the sexual relationship with that grown man to go on and why he now sells himself as an adolescent. The other teenager in question is Brian (Brady Corbett), a boy of the same age as Neil who is obsessed with aliens and stories of alien abductions.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Howard on 21 Mar. 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The issue of child sexual abuse is an incredibly difficult one to broach, especially on the big screen - Gregg Araki manages to tell the story of these two young men from a dispassionate and sometime uncompromisingly detached perspective, whilst allowing the viewer to empathise with the two young men and the situation that they find themselves in.

This film is not for the faint hearted. Possibly the hardest scene to watch is where Joseph Gordon-Levitt, playing a rent boy, is raped - and yet I felt that this scene truly brought to the fore, the incredible turmoil going on inside this youth - the source of his self-destructive behaviour.

Despite the controversial and emotive material that forms the backdrop for this film, the journey of healing that ultimately emerges in the closing scenes is heartwarming and hopeful.

I would highly recommend this film.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 2 May 2006
Format: DVD
This movie was far from being rubbish. I am not one to watch gory details when it comes to human life, but nor I'm I able to watch mind-numbing boring and easy movies either. The summary got me, and I had to rent it. This movie dealt with a lot more than more or any gay themed movies can ever imagine. It was heart felt, shocking, scary and damn right vomit worthy at times. But all that brought in such a powerful storyline. We always get hit with political stories in movies, especially when it deals with aids or rape. But this movie dealt with how two people suffered the same incident but how different they were as people and how differently they took the incident.

A fan of the movie, and will be off the book once I get around to buying it. The warnings are all there, if you still pick it up and don't like it, don't blame it on the theme.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By PM on 6 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I have never rated Greg Araki but this film changed my mind. A truly brave and bold adaptation of the wondeful novel by Scott Heim which never fails to capture the fragile poetry and lyricism of the book. Despite the dark subject matter, the film is never po-faced and humour is used skilfully and humanely. Two young boys are sexually abused by their school football coach. As young adults, each deals with the abuse in their own different way until both reach a mutual crisis and are propelled towards a dramatic and moving conclusion. The film was criticised on the grounds that it suggests that one of the characters enjoyed being abused as a child - nonsense. The film never doubts for one moment that both characters were damaged by their experiences with coach. Have these critics never heard of the concept of denial? Anybody who knows anything about child abuse knows that children often go back to the abuser again and again - usually because the adult makes them feel special. For all our liberal values, society is still very much in denial about the whole subject of child abuse and childhood sexuality. We are much more comfortable thinking about the evil paedophile bogyman (The Woodsman), than facing the reality that most adults who abuse children are people kids look up to and respect - fathers, mothers, brothers, uncles, aunties etc. Where many would rather run away from this subject and not talk about it, this film meets it head on, if you forgive the pun. Without doubt the best film of 2005. You must see this film.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Nov. 2005
Format: DVD
I first read the book by Scott Heim about 3 years ago and it was the most incredible book I have ever read. It still is, no matter how many times I read it.
When I heard they were making a film version I was apprehensive, I couldn't see how they could do the book justice. I was however genuinely surprised by how beautifully it was done. This film does not shy away from the dark aspects of the book and although at times it is hard to watch, you cannot take your eyes off the screen. The acting is incredible, particularly Joseph Gordon Levitt who becomes almost unrecognisable in his role as Neil.
I watched this film with a friend who had never read the book and had no idea what to expect. By the time we left the cinema he was very uncomfortable and had spent much of the time looking away from the screen. My best mate and I however had read the book first and knew what to expect. It is a really hard film to watch as there are a few disturbing scenes, but this is what makes the film so brave, you cannot have a film about the effects of child abuse and not show the horror it involves.
A hard film to watch, but one of my all time favourites.
If you haven't read the book, read it! Scott Heim should know how powerful his book is, there is no other book like it out there.
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