Mysterious Skin

(USA/Netherlands, 2004, 105 minutes)

Two teenagers in a Kansas smalltown, a gay hustler and a shy, retiring geek, share a terrible secret from their Little League baseball days. Coming-of-age melodrama whose careful, tactful approach doesn’t water down at all its unflinching look into strong subject matter, but remains too aloof to properly connect with the viewer.

Fortissimo Films presents an Antidote Films/Desperate Pictures production. Starring Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt; also starring Michelle Trachtenberg, Jeff Licon, Bill Sage, Mary Lynn Rajskub; and Elisabeth Shue. Directed and edited by Gregg Araki; produced by Mary Jane Skalski, Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Gregg Araki; screenplay by Gregg Araki, based on the novel by Scott Heim, Mysterious Skin; music by Harold Budd, Robin Guthrie; director of photography (CFI), Steve Gainer; production designer, Devorah Herbert; costume designer, Alix Hester.


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