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Odd, odd movie,
This review is from: Mysterious Skin [DVD]  (DVD)
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry.
The portrayal of child abuse in this is excessive, and it felt like it had been put in for the shock value.
Me and a close friend watched this together (both of us are victims of child abuse) and we just looked at each other and said "are we supposed to laugh or cry here?". It's very serious subject matter, mixed in with comedic situations, that you can't help but laugh at. We felt the film should have been one or the other - funny or tragic. It didn't work being both.
It did have it's good moments. But watching that poor guy thinking that he'd been abducted by aliens, and really he had been abused... the way he found out, was handled in a comedic manner. Watch it by all means, it does have good points. But rent it, don't buy it.
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Initial post: 19 Jun 2011 22:16:03 BDT
E Parry says:
I must say I don't agree that it was 'comedic' how he discovered. I wouldn't say there was one moment in particular where he suddenly 'found out' so I'm not entirely sure which part you're referring to, but I would say that any comedic element you saw in it was simply your perspective on it as I found nothing comedic in it. In any case, I don't see why the film should have to be one or the other, often in real life there isn't such a clear separation between humour and tragedy. As for the child abuse depiction, although I found it pretty tough and it is shocking, I actually found it impressive how honest and open the film was about the subject, and I thought that was actually a really important and impressive thing for it to do, rather than sweep it under the carpet.
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