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Mysterious Skin
7.7 Rating
(635 ratings)
7.7 IMDB rating

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Chase Ellison

Chase Ellison

Neil (Age 8)
George Webster

George Webster

Brian (Age 8)
Lisa Long

Lisa Long

Mrs. Lackey
Chris Mulkey

Chris Mulkey

Mr. Lackey
Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue

Mrs. McCormick
Bill Sage

Bill Sage

Coach


Written by
Gregg Araki

Gregg Araki

(screenplay)
Scott Heim

Scott Heim

(novel)


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7 years, 8 months ago at Jul 4 22:20
2 votes
I have to admit that if I first didn’t stumble on that movie on IMDb I wound have not even know about it. It is almost 2 am and I just took the DVD out of my computer. Have to admit that this is one of the most brilliant films I have ever watched.
The movie shows the growth of two boys – in parallel - they both were abused as kids from they Baseball coach and are striving to find a way ... read more

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6 years, 11 months ago at Mar 30 23:45
1 vote
This movie was one of the strangest movies I've ever seen which was the basis of its appeal for me, but it was truly one of the best movies I've ever seen as well.
The emotions and personalities and events it the film were so intense that nothing in the world could have broken my attention to it. The movie says so much about the ways people think and interact based on their past.
T... read more

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2 years, 7 months ago at Aug 2 21:24
1 vote
I had long ago written off Gregg Araki as a filmmaker of limited emotional scope, as someone who tried vainly to shock and provoke and create garish, tacky films like Nowhere to rattle the mainstream. The soundtracks were pretty good though. And he could always pull in a unique set of up-and-comers (although, most of them didn’t really establish great careers. A lot of them have found work as su... read more
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.
Release date: 30 March 2005
UPC: 807839002188
Drama (28), Gay (14), Coming Of Age (13), Prostitution (11), Drugs (10), Aids (10), 2000s (10), Pedophilia (9), 2004 (8), Usa (7), Friendship (7), Male Prostitute (6), Netherlands (6), Aliens (6), Black Comedy (5), Glbt (5), Dream Sequence (5), Teenage Prostitution (5), Disturbing (5), Indie (4)
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“I managed to watch this film mostly because of the good stories I heard about it, and I am glad I watched it. Mysterious Skin is not for the faint of heart, as it takes you through a journey of heartbreak through the darkest way. Two young boys have their childhood messed up, and are left as teenagers dealing with the aftermath. Even though the movie is disturbing graphic, it is worth a look and worthy of being called brilliant.It is hard to bring such a topic to screen, but to do it without making it too sick or too graphic, and being able to see it through all eyes is hard and Gregg Araki did a fantastic job. The young actors all of them did a brilliant job, the story was brilliantly written and shoot.” read more

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" Neil: And as we sat there listening to the carolers, I wanted to tell Brian it was over now and everything would be okay. But that was a lie, plus, I couldn't speak anyway. I wish there was some way for us to go back and undo the past. But there wasn't. There was nothing we could do. So I just stayed silent and trying to telepathically communicate how sorry I was about what had happened. And I thought of all the grief and sadness and fucked up suffering in the world, and it made me want to esc"


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Mysterious Skin

“I had long ago written off Gregg Araki as a filmmaker of limited emotional scope, as someone who tried vainly to shock and provoke and create garish, tacky films like Nowhere to rattle the mainstream. The soundtracks were pretty good though. And he could always pull in a unique set of up-and-comers (although, most of them didn’t really establish great careers. A lot of them have found work as supporting character actors in television and independent film, which isn’t so bad.)

But something funny happened with Mysterious Skin -- Araki grew up, gained some emotional maturity, and crafted a truly poignant and disturbing film. But some of his heightened filmmaking choices and acting cues to his cast still mar the film in spots. But, mostly, it’s his best, most fully realized an” read more

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