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Mysterious Skin (2004)

NC-17  |   |  Drama  |  24 June 2005 (USA)
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A teenage hustler and a young man obsessed with alien abductions cross paths, together discovering a horrible, liberating truth.



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Brian Lackey is determined to discover what happened during an amnesia blackout when he was eight years old, and then later woke with a bloody nose. He believes he was abducted by aliens, and N. McCormick, a fellow player on Brian's childhood baseball team, may be the key as to exactly what happened that night. As Brian searches for the truth and tries to track him down, Neil McCormick takes up hustling and moves to New York, in attempts to forget childhood memories that haunt him. Together, the two of them uncover the terrible truth of the scars they share. Written by Anonymous

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Two boys. One can't remember. The other can't forget.




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Release Date:

24 June 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Piel misteriosa  »

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$17,425 (USA) (6 May 2005)


$697,181 (USA) (29 July 2005)

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Did You Know?


Each of the youths in the film is based in part on the life of Scott Heim, the book on which the film is based. Scott claims to have seen a UFO with his family, excelled in school, and lived with his single mom after a divorce (like Brian). He announced baseball games (like Neil) and his infatuation with cosmetics and British goth pop made him the subject of death threats (like Eric). See more »


The scene of Neal running in downtown New York after leaving his john with AIDS is actually Downtown Los Angeles. See more »


[first lines]
Brian: [narration voice-over] The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours. Lost. Gone without a trace.
Brian: [narration voice-over] Last thing I remember I was sitting on the bench at my Little League game. It started to rain. What happened after that remains a pitch black void.
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"Blood Prom" Produced by Matthew Goldberg Directed by Jonny Gillette Crew and Cast: Kyle Jewell, Jonathan Dortch, Ricky Hayner, Patrick Okamura, Nicolas Barclift (as Nick Barclift), Valerie LaPointe, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Chad Hartigan, Mat Klickstein See more »


References Donkey Kong (1981) See more »


Golden Hair
Written by Syd Barrett
Performed by Slowdive
Courtesy of SINE a division of Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Limited
Used by permission of BMG Music Publishing International o/b/o Lupus Music Company Ltd.
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An engrossing and challenging experience
30 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not since HAPPINESS has such a difficult subject been tackled head on! Without spoiling any of the film, I will just say that I was engrossed in the film, shocked at how far the director was able to go, and heartened by how many issues he was able to raise, and show so many possible effects of what the characters go through. There were so many situations in this film that I had never seen portrayed before, that this proves how much film-makers avoid so many issues.

A familiar, likable cast are taken deep into dark territory. I enjoyed all the performances and believed the characters, even though I had seen all the actors before on TV. The music is just wonderful - from the guy behind The Cocteau Twins - it adds to the dreamlike/nightmarish quality of the film. It's unusual enough to add to the uniqueness of this film - it really is ground-breaking - and Robin Guthrie's music/The Cocteau Twins haven't been used before in movies (though you may have recognised Liz Fraser's vocals in the last Lord of the Rings soundtrack).

This film impressed me the most in 2004 - I hope everyone gets a chance to see it!

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