Monday, August 15, 2005

Mysterious Skin (2005)



Quoted review from NYTimes:
Mr. Heim's lyrical, tough novel, also titled ''Mysterious Skin,'' lifts what could have been a conventional narrative of trauma and recovery (with equally conventional elements of the coming-out, coming-of-age story) into a vivid tale about the strangeness and awfulness of life.

Mr. Araki and his brilliant cast (which also includes Mary Lynn Rajskub as a self-avowed alien abductee who befriends Brian) lift it even further, into a gorgeous, heartbreaking and utterly convincing work of art. Its characters stay with you, and by concentrating on the lives of two very different young men, it seems effortlessly to illuminate a period and a milieu. To say that it is about child abuse is accurate, but incomplete. It is about the Midwest, about friendship, about the connections and disconnections between love and sex, and about a great deal more, all of it handled with clarity, simplicity and rare generosity of spirit.

A well-done but utterly disturbing show with a well-casted protagonist. Couldn't sleep last night; images & scenes persisted in my mind...

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