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Mysterious Skin | Blu-ray Review

25 March 2014 7:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

It’s been a decade since Gregg Araki’s arresting coming-of-age examination of the ramifications of child molestation debuted at the Venice Film Festival in 2004 and the devastating remnants are still lingering. Despite its off-putting subject matter, Mysterious Skin proved to be a near universal critical hit that brought Araki back to the fore, launched the auteurist acting career of Brady Corbet and redirected Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s in the wake of his childhood gig on 3rd Rock from the Sun to much more serious adult cinema. Told from the perspective of two boys who are ripped from childhood by their kiddy league baseball coach, he director’s impeccable sensitivity to the emotional nuance of novelist Scott Heim’s heartbreaking semi-autobiographical story continues to resonate as a means of reckoning with the residual effects of abuse.

While Corbet’s mumbly asexual Brian blocked the experience out of his memory and replaced »

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