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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

R  |   |  Drama  |  19 January 2005 (France)
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Seven year old Jeremiah is pulled from his foster home and thrown into a troubled life on the road with his teenage mother, Sarah.

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Luther
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Storyline

The dysfunctional twenty-three years old Sarah takes her six year old natural son Jeremiah from the home of his beloved foster parents with the support of the social service to live with her. Along the years, the boy shares her insane and lowlife style and is introduced to booze and drugs and mentally, physically and sexually abused by Sarah, her lovers and her religiously fanatic family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Behind the greatest hoax of our time is the heartbreaking story that started it all.

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Rated R for intense depiction of child abuse/neglect, strong sex and drug content, pervasive language and some violence | See all certifications »

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Also Known As:

A szív csalfa vágyai  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$10,000 (USA) (10 March 2006)

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$26,092 (USA) (24 March 2006)
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Trivia

The montage of Sarah's boyfriends are actually men whom Asia met and dated during filming. At one point, there a still image of Vin Diesel, whom Asia did not date but admitted that she fancied. See more »

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When Chester stumbles out of the meth lab after the explosion, he is obviously severely burnt as evidenced by his face. Yet the white embroidery on his black leather vest is undamaged in any way. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: We gotta do something with your nose. Somebody fucked their slave and you've got the nose to prove it.
Older Jeremiah: Fix it please.
Sarah: [puts foundation on Jeremiah] Camoflauge it. See? I learned that in beauty school. One day I'll go back. I'll get a shot with the stars in Hollywood.
Older Jeremiah: Take me.
Sarah: Hold still. Alright, close your eyes.
[puts eyeshadow on Jeremiah]
Sarah: Look left... look right... blink... look at me.
Older Jeremiah: Can I come to Hollywood with you?
Sarah: [starts putting lipstick on Jeremiah]
Older Jeremiah: Can I come to Hollywood...?
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depressing
2 March 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Downright depressing. I watch films to escape or to see the joyousness of life - basically this is about child abuse. We all know what that is

  • and the adults who do it are downright ILL. For that reason, this


film is brilliant and depicts the mental illness in adults very well - and their inability to connect with their own compassion and understanding. Makes you realise that just because a person can have a child, doesn't mean they are a parent. Throws up the whole notion of family and how damaging it is for some people.

If anything this film could be used to force EVERYONE to take a parenting course and to be observed and examined in the action of parenting.

It was realistic - but sad, depressing and well, if you are in the mood of getting depressed, watch this one.

I was really wanting to see what the kid turned into as an adult. Just another junkie?? It leaves you dissatisfied completely in that respect.


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