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The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004)

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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Social Worker #1
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Cop #1
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Luther
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Emerson
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Doctor (as David Alley)
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Aaron
Lindy Maguire ...
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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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19 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A szív csalfa vágyai  »

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Box Office

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

Gross:

$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 »

Goofs

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

Young Jeremiah: [getting into the car after picking Jeremiah from the police station, Sarah lites up a cigarette] It's bad you smoke, my momma always says so
Sarah: Is that what she said?
[puts the cigarette out]
Sarah: there.
[blows smoke in Jeremiah's face]
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Referenced in The Trouble with Barry (2013) See more »

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Karen Koltrane
Written by Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore, Steve Shelley & Lee Ranaldo
Performed by Sonic Youth
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Beautiful, ferocious and engrossing....
28 December 2005 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

I'd been wanting to see this movie ever since I'd heard about it. I didn't manage to catch it at the cinema, it had a very limited release, but wow, it's worth waiting for.

Based on the book by JT Leroy, which is in turn based on his early life, and directed by and starring Asia Argento, this book charts the early years of Jeremiah, a child taken back from his foster parents by his mother, and dragged around from seedy motel to violent relationship and back again. He ends up with his fanatically religious grandparents for a while, which is little better, before being taken away by his mother again.

I was bowled over by the sheer quality of the acting, the direction, the cinematography, everything. It's a shocking, painful film, but it has a strange beauty. I was expecting it to be hard to watch, but the film just flew by. Really worth seeing if you fancy something different.


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