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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 »

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

Genres:

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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:

A szív csalfa vágyai See more »

Filming Locations:

Knoxville, Tennessee, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,000, 12 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$29,058, 30 March 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$176,153, 27 February 2005
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Peter Fonda wouldn't smack John Robinson in the face, so the hands smacking John actually belong to the Cinematographer Eric Alan Edwards. See more »

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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

Sarah: Get the fuck outta here you possessed piece of shit!
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Beautiful Plateau
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Beautiful, ferocious and engrossing....
28 December 2005 | by revsoc_03See 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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