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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.

Director:

Asia Argento

Writers:

Laura Albert (short stories) (as J.T. LeRoy), Asia Argento (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Asia Argento ... Sarah
Jimmy Bennett ... Young Jeremiah
Kara Kemp ... Social Worker #1
Brent Almond ... Cop #1
David Dwyer ... Cop #2
Kip Pardue ... Luther
Jeremy Renner ... Emerson
David Brian Alley ... Doctor (as David Alley)
Lydia Lunch ... Social Worker #2
Ornella Muti ... Grandmother
Dylan Sprouse ... Older Jeremiah
Cole Sprouse ... Older Jeremiah
Peter Fonda ... Grandfather
John Robinson ... Aaron
Lindy Maguire Lindy Maguire ... Girl
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Storyline

The dysfunctional twenty-three-year-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 low lifestyle 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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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Language:

English

Release Date:

19 January 2005 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,000, 12 March 2006

Gross USA:

$29,058

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$217,499
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The title comes from a biblical verse in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" 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

Older Jeremiah: [after being caught by Sarah, eating food in a dumpster she says was poison] But... but I don't wanna die.
Sarah: You ate poison! You ate poison!
Older Jeremiah: If I die, who will watch the walls?
Sarah: You think I need you? You've done nothing but ruin everything for me. I was fine on my own until you came along. I sacrificed everything for you.
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Connections

References Deep Throat (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Say It Isn't So
Written by John Yingst & Jan Peterson
Performed by Vikki Rae Jordan
Courtesy of Marc Ferrari / Mastersource
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interesting film, well made.
11 May 2004 | by the_eelSee all my reviews

I saw this film yesterday and i was genuinely impressed. I haven't read the source stories so I can't comment on it as an adaptation, but cinematically it's a success. It deals with horrific events without glamour or lust. The more harrowing scenes are not graphic, however I was still shocked. This probably has more to do with my responces to the situations rather than any bloodlust on the directors part. The three child actors who play Jeremiah all give excellent performances, showing his growth from wide-eyed innocent to sexually confused/ing teenager. I think this is Asia Argento's second film, but i felt it to be a mature work(whoever your dad is). Watching I was aware that is was quite segmented, it was also shot and edited like a music video (bleached skies and time lapse galore). The various cameos are good value. I was thoroughly moved by this film and hope it is successful.


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