This film is so disturbing and twisted, it isn't just controversial; I am sure that some of the people who were in it regret their involvement. Don't watch it if you are disturbed by scenes of child abuse. But as disturbing and incredibly abusive Argento is as the mom, somehow we wind up rooting for her. That's what makes this shocking film even more twisted.
I keep a good memory of LeRoy's book and this adaptation is what was supposed to be from a tabloid non-filmmaker, made especially for the delight of her own cinematic persona as actress, invariably the "naughty girl". Resists, however, a gratifying inventory of alternate characters and paths, of an "American" mythology that borders O'Connor's ambiances and Hopper and Van Sant on the road's.
I agree with Jade, I didn't really see a great deal of point to this. It has a very good performance by Asia Argento but it goes nowhere and doesn't seem to say anything particularly insightful about the topic it's tackling. Worth a watch though.
Shallow-minded cruelty-fest. Argento and her cronies are the ones being deceitful by pretending there's something beneath all this shock treatment - other than their underdeveloped worldviews. I feel sorry for the talented Sprouse brothers for being dragged into this celluloid mud. And just look at the moronic comments around mine; all those empty buzzwords like 'provocative' and 'controversial'. I'm out.
La destruction d'un enfant prisonnier d'une mère psychotique, qui devient comme son image, et qui, paradoxalement, pour survivre, finit par aimer celle qui le détruit. En arrière-plan de cette perversion, des textes religieux sectaires, de ce genre de textes qui vous persuadent que vous êtes condamnés à l'enfer, et qui vous incitent à vous haïr et à détester la vie.