Kat Connors is 17 years old when her seemingly perfect homemaker mother, Eve, disappears in 1988. Having lived for so long in an emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother's absence and certainly doesn't blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve's disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother's departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it... Written by
I can take or leave Gregg Araki but I will confess that even his failures are more interesting than a lot of other filmmakers' successes so I always give him the benefit of the doubt. Unfortunately this new one is more "Splendor" than "Mysterious Skin," as it meanders through a disconnected plot line involving a missing mother, never really letting the characters get fleshed out before ultimately pulling the rug out from under the audience. There isn't much going on here, although Shailene Woodley gives it a good shot. It's just that the story isn't particularly interesting and the film is rather lifeless. Eva Green's campy performance is effectively creepy but her scenes are too often so short that we never get to enjoy her much.
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