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Mysterious Skin (2005) Movie Reviews

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11/02/2012 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Mysterious Skin review

A story about loss of innocence, family discord, poor parental guidance, disconnection, finding identity and coping in a cruel world. Brian is searching for clues about his past while Neil is searching for his personality and trying to make it big outside his town. Tremendous performances especially from the young Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Soundtrack and settings for each timeframe realistic. Only knack this reviewer had were the love scenes that seem to be excessive to make its point that it becomes disturbing. True the character needs to feel hardships during his journey, does it need to be over emphasized in brutal scenes. The lack of finality in Trachtenberg's character was another hindrance to keep things in pace though it obviously focuses on the male leads. Mysterious Skin is a ...

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04/01/2008 (0 of 0 found this helpful)

Emotionally and Psychologically Rich

This is one of those small films that I saw when I didn't love movies as much as I do now. I guess, in a way, this will always have a place in my top ten list regardless of the circumstances because it truly made me want to look into films a lot deeper than most people. Joseph Gordon-Levitt gives a daring performance as an adult who was once abused when he was a child. His character is hung up on a person who he believed loved him. Brady Corbet gave as complex a performance who went through the same thing--except he cannot seem to recall what had happened. I love how everything is literal and metaphorical in this picture. For instance, Gordon-Levitt's character wishes to just get away from the place he grew up in (alienation), while Corbet literally believes that aliens had abducted him w...

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