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Mysterious Skin

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This indie film takes a look at childhood sexual abuse, and the consquences for the victims. The two male leads were both abused by their baseball coach as little kids. Now as adults, the one is a male hustler, while the other has concocted an alien abduction as his way of dealing with the past. While they spend most of the movie apart, dealing with the people in their lives, they reunite towards the end for resolution. Reviews have been mixed.


104 minutes, No persons under 18 (Sex, Violence)
Drama, Gay interest, On the art circuit

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Credits
Cast
Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Brady Corbet, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Tachtenberg, Bill Sage
Director
Gregg Araki
ScreenplayGregg Araki, from the novel by Scott Heim
MusicHarold Budd, Robin Guthrie
CinematographySteve Gainer
Sound formatsDolby Digital, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound, DTS
SoundtrackNot available
Made in2004
Produced byDesperate Pictures, Antidote Films, Fortissimo Film Sales

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FPB Report (SA)
GenreDrama
LanguageFrequent, strong, almost gratuitous
NudityAlmost explicit, sexual
SexStrong, frequent, intense, graphic
ViolenceInfrequent, intense, bloody
PrejudiceMild and occassional
BlasphemyNone
Drug abuseNone
CommentsVarious scenes involve child sexual abuse and violence implied strongly. Risque sexual acts.
These details are supplied by the FPB. If you have a problem with any of the above, please take it up directly with the FPB. Read the Classification Guidelines.


Ratings
Scale (Max)20
South African Media
Cape ArgusDerek Wilson15
Die BurgerJacques Liebenberg15
Mail & GuardianShaun de Waal18
SowetanTankiso Komane15
The StarDesson Thomas16
Sunday TimesBarry Ronge15
International Media
BBC (UK)Neil Smith5
Box Office (USA)Susan Green8
Chicago Sunday TimesRoger Ebert18
eye Weekly (Canada)Adam Nayman13
The Times (UK)Wendy Ide15
IMDB1283 Netizens16
Average .. 70%14


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