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movie recommendation: Mysterious Skin

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  • Jay Martin
    A friend sent this recommendation for the movie Mysterious Skin: In MYSTERIOUS SKIN, an unlikely director takes on an even more unlikely lead actor and crafts
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      A friend sent this recommendation for the movie Mysterious Skin:

      In MYSTERIOUS SKIN, an unlikely director takes on an even more
      unlikely lead actor and crafts a deeply felt coming-of-age tale that
      pulsates with the scalding beauty of tragedy. The director, Gregg
      Araki, whose over-the-top, gay melodramas have been criticized as
      largely empty provocations, proves himself here to have great
      sensitivity. Yet it is the lead actor, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, best
      known for his work on the alien sitcom THIRD ROCK FROM THE SUN,
      whose unforgettable, nuanced performance makes the film. Based on
      the novel by Scott Heim, the story follows two teenage boys living
      in small-town Kansas: Brian (Brady Corbet), a clunky and awkward
      fellow with no discernable social life; and Neil (Gordon-Levitt), a
      rebellious gay youth whose fragile beauty and cruel indifference
      make him a successful hustler to the area's older men. Having
      suffered from blackouts as a child, Brian believes that these voids
      were actually alien abductions, and goes on a quest to confirm this.
      As his memories become increasingly vivid, Brian convinces himself
      that Neil, the star player on his childhood Little League team and a
      regular presence in his dreams, knows the truth. Neil does, in fact,
      know exactly what happened. The boys were sexually abused by their
      Little League coach. While Brian has suppressed the incident, Neil
      has held it deep within him like a treasure, considering it to have
      been a loving relationship of respect and tenderness, the absence of
      which has left him emotionally empty. The two strands of narrative
      are braided together elegantly, slowly leading up to a devastating
      final scene. Araki unifies the stories through an elegiac, celestial
      tone that manages to avoid preachiness via doses of appropriate
      humor. MYSTERIOUS SKIN is so profoundly alive with sadness and
      beauty that it nearly burns.

      Jay comment ---
      Upon this recommendation, I saw the movie yesterday afternoon in San Francisco at the Red Vic Theatre on Haight Street.
      It closes tonight with two showings.

      It is an absolute must see. It is extremely heavy.

      The movie is both disgusting and exquisite.

      http://search.yahoo.com/search?ei=utf-8&fr=slv1-&p=MYSTERIOUS+SKIN

      http://www.mysteriousskinthemovie.com/

      http://movies.yahoo.com/shop?d=hv&cf=info&id=1808624598&intl=us

      DVD release date: 25 October 2005

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