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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Social Worker #1
Cop #1
Cop #2
Doctor (as David Alley)
Lydia Lunch ...
Social Worker #2
Lindy Maguire ...


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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Release Date:

19 January 2005 (France)  »

Also Known As:

A szív csalfa vágyai  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


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

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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 »


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 »


Older Jeremiah: Fucking crystal!
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References Santa Sangre (1989) See more »


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Written by Michael Pitt
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High praise for the performances.
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But the strong performances all around and the great settings really made an impression on me. I thought the editing was exceptionally done. One thing that did bother me was the lighting there was almost a pallor over the film, like it was from the 1970s. Was that the projector or did everyone else notice that? I would recommend this film. I enjoyed the cameos by Peter Fonda, Marilyn Manson and Winona Ryder. The real reason I went to see this is because I've always loved Leroy's short stories and this movie was a somewhat faithful blending of his literary vision and his overall message to his readers. Life is complicated and the choices we make aren't guaranteed to get us anything.

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