Mysterious Skin is the latest film by Gregg Araki, an American independent filmmaker often identified with radical gay cinema. That bad things happen in an Araki film is an understatement. Based on a novel by Scott Heim, Mysterious Skin focuses on two Kansas adolescents, the victims of sexual molestation, and the parallel stories of how they process the experience. A decade after the rape, he explains the time lapse, as well as his frequent nosebleeds and fainting spells, as the work of alien abductors. Emotionally disfigured, he develops a quirky relationship with Avalyn Mary Lynn Rajskub , a teenage alien abduction theorist who is probably also repressing memories of abuse. His consciously chosen career, prostitution, allows him to exalt in the sexual power he exerts over the older men who pay for his services.
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Sign In. Edit Mysterious Skin Showing all 27 items. Gregg Araki said in an NPR interview that he shot all of the scenes with the child actors in such a way that they did not know the sexual context of their abuse scenes, and only during editing did he make the movie appear to show children being abused or witnessing abuse. Fox house in Kill Bill: Vol. If you look closely, the scene when the coach rests his head on Neil's chest at , you can see Neil's not breathing and you cannot see his head.
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Two young men are haunted by similar events from their past, though the effects manifest themselves in very different ways, in this powerful drama from independent filmmaker Gregg Araki. In the summer of , Brian George Webster and Neil Chase Ellison are both eight years old and playing on the same little league baseball team in a small Kansas town. One day, after a game, Brian blacks out after getting caught in a rainstorm, and five hours later he finds himself sitting in his basement with his nose bleeding and no memory of what happened to him. Over the years, the event — particularly the missing five hours — weigh heavily on his mind, and he becomes convinced that he was kidnapped by space aliens. Teenaged Brian now played by Brady Corbet becomes friends with Avalyn Friesen Mary Lynn Rajskub , a woman who claims to have been abducted by aliens on several occasions, and she urges him to look to his dreams for patterns that might suggest what happened to him.
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