Based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Scott Heim, this haunting story of childhood sexual abuse follows two very different young men — one a smooth-talking hustler, the other a shy student obsessed with UFOs — as they cross paths years after a fateful night with their little league coach.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt began his reign as indie cinema’s leading man in this collaboration with New Queer Cinema pioneer (and all-around troublemaker) Gregg Araki, who spins an incendiary, bizarro, yet sensitive tale of the dark secrets in the American heartland.
Very surprised by how much I liked this film. Superbly made, great acting, held my attention throughout, unflinchingly brutal at times, utterly bizarre at others, but with a fascinating depth of emotion that is rare in 'teen cinema'. Despite the dark storyline, it feels relatively light and doesn't take itself too seriously, just like the characters themselves. And a note-perfect ending to boot.
Scintillating, quietly ambitious and devastating filmmaking that understands the human mind's never-ending invention when it comes to burying trauma better than perhaps any other film I've seen. Whatever happened to Michelle Trachtenberg though?
A gritty but entrancing story of the journey back to innocence lost. Gainer's cinematography and Araki's direction lead a young ensemble through the fog of a shared past. Closeups passing through the 4th wall, and a soundtrack that perfectly captures the tender heart of the film, deliver a viewing experience that is affronting and endearing from the first frames. Mysterious Skin is an experience not soon forgotten.
El tratamiento de un tema tan escabroso, sin contemplaciones ni moralinas. Eso es lo que hay, el olvido o la memoria, y lo que finalmente uno hace con ello para seguir viviendo. Memorable la actuación de Gordon Levitt.
It treats its subject tastefully, but it's a drama about child molestation, so that's not surprising. I mean, what's the alternative? Corbet's character blocking out the trauma is realistic, if a truism, his paranoid affliction is treated with soft hands, and thus is a counter to Levitt's whore character who's as intriguing as he's shockingly hyperbolic. Mysterious Skin is either obvious or exaggerated.