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Mysterious Skin

Mysterious Skin

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Our next Rialto Recommends is Gregg Araki's challenging 2004 indie MYSTERIOUS SKIN starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. One youth (Brady Corbet) becomes obsessed with UFOs, while another (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becomes a gay hustler in the years following a childhood trauma. Bold performances and sensitive, spot-on direction make watching this difficult tale of trauma and abuse a thought-provoking, resonant experience. Newsweek said "The movie sugarcoats nothing, but it doesn't revel in its own darkness either. It sheds a clear, compassionate, illuminating light." While the Seattle Times said "Of all the recent films about child abuse, MYSTERIOUS SKIN stands out as the one that most directly and eloquently addresses the emotional toll of the experience." The Village Voice said "As a filmmaker, Araki, always brash, has rarely been so confident, creating a shimmering mood that allows for multiple shifts in perspective and register." MYSTERIOUS SKIN is not a film for everyone but if you are up for the tough subject matter it is very much worth seeing. MYSTERIOUS SKIN is available to rent for a modest fee from GooglePlay, YouTube, Apple and Amazon.

Film Facts
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MPAA Rating
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Brady Corbet
Michelle Trachtenberg
Directed by
Gregg Araki
Written by
Gregg Araki
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