CM is basically made for a specific film festival crowd that will eat it up. I get it, those first-love elements are worth dining on. The rest is pretty by-the-books. I hope teens see it. The novel Mysterious Skin meant the world to me as a teenager, so I don't worry about adult content bypassing seekers. The way it marries violence with sexual urges isn't developed enough to be other than icky.
It goes into familiar territory, yet mostly manages to not feel like it's just treading old ground. Really it's ambition of ideas, images and sound pay off. Speaking of sound, it's got an unusual and enjoyable choice of music, and the filmmakers used sound design in cool ways too. Love Connor Jessup for this sort of role, and overall enjoyed this film.
gay movie for gay people. gay - the cancer of Western man's mind. It's better to see a movie where a girl makes blowjob to a dog which is ruining ralationship with her boyfriend. gay drama is useless, pathetic and passe - BJ to a dog comedy is much better for the genre
There was some great and even horrowing recurring motifs that played out really perfectly, but the were scattershot between some fairly clichéd (and underexplored) characters and a bad use of a good soundtrack. It's not that I disliked it, it's more that I really wanted to like it more, but just couldn't connect with it. Watch C.R.A.Z.Y. instead.
A very unique and entirely confident film with a kind of confused idea of who it's audience is. It plays like a kids movie with the hamster but the rest of the subject matter is AO. Some beautiful psychedelic sequences hold it together but it relies too heavily on the soundtrack. 2.5 stars
The film is cute: a bit too clunky on the family drama; super-duper soundtrack; lovely colours; and that kiss scene was very steamy... even if Oscar's apathy was bugging me a little. The film could have amped up the volume on a couple of key moments. All the symbolisms and metaphors were a nice touch, but... who the fuck casts Isabella Rossellini as a talking hamster?!
2-3. I think it's pretty nicely put together. But it's also very played out. The abusive father, the unyieldingly supportive female friend, the rescue by the mother (the superior parent as usual), etc. It's not even that striking as far metaphors are concerned; the make-up, the wolf symbolism, the emotional freedom of the open water; I've seen it all before. But still it's a competent package, if familiar.