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4,857 Ratings

Mysterious Skin

Directed by Gregg Araki
United States, 2004
Drama, Cult
  • English
  • Spanish


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.

Our take

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.

Mysterious Skin Directed by Gregg Araki

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