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By A Customer
This review is from: Mysterious Skin [DVD]  (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.