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Best Movie Ever?: "Mysterious Skin"

28 August 2012 2:08 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Mysterious Skin. It's sure not What's Up, Doc?, you guys. That was last week's pick for "Best Movie Ever?", and it happened to fall in line with most of the selections in this column, since it features memorable nuttiness, great one-liners, a cavalcade of spicy female characters, and honesty when it's required. The only way that Mysterious Skin relates is the honesty tenet, and it pretty much blows away the competition when it comes to honestly exploring the psychological upshot of trauma and sexual abuse. The movie's gay characters are brilliantly rendered too, which is why it's no shock that "New Queer Cinema" filmmaker Gregg Araki is at the helm here.

Based on Scott Helm's 1996 book, Mysterious Skin tracks the separate, but parallel lives of two teenage boys who are coping with the same unthinkable event from their childhoods. One is a sheltered amnesiac named Brady (Brian Lackey), who has »

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