Mysterious Skin (2004)

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Avg Rating: 4.5 / 5. Voted: 62

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AKA:
Directed by: Gregg Araki
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Neil), Brady Corbet (Brian), Chase Ellison (young Neil), George Webster (young Brian), Elisabeth Shue (Neil’s mother), Bill Sage (Coach), Chris Mulkey (Brian’s father), Lisa Long (Brian’s mother), Michelle Trachtenberg (Wendy), Jeff Licon (Eric)
Country: United States
Language: English (Eng Subs)
Runtime: 01:45:04
Genres: Rape-Sexual-Violence against Men, Gay, Old-Young, Sci-Fi, Teensploitation

Plot – Spoilers:
Mysterious Skin follows the experiences of two boys Neil and Brian one summer as 8 year-olds and then picks up when they’re fifteen. That one summer shapes their worldview and future experiences. There is some alien abduction and scifi along the way that seems ridiculous and jarring, but if you stick with it, it all pulls together in the end.

Mysterious Skin is a harsh reminder of the effects of child abuse and a pivotal movie in the genre.

14 thoughts on “Mysterious Skin (2004)

  • March 14, 2020 at 8:56 pm
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    this movie rly broke my heart

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    • May 29, 2020 at 8:12 am
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      bro….. why am i crying rn………

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  • June 28, 2020 at 11:12 pm
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    This movie had my heart tearing apart :,^[
    It’s well shot, but it’s heartbreaking, especially the ending dialogue betw/ Neil and Brian (so sad).
    I don’t have a fav scene ’cause the movie is just so pretty, idk, but I do like Brian alot !!
    I recommand this movie so much, it’s something you have to watch >:^]

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  • July 14, 2020 at 8:43 pm
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    When I say trauma is a bitch, nothing hurts more than remembering the hurt that someone selfishly caused. This movie really made me cry and triggered me but it was a very good movie nonetheless.

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  • August 3, 2020 at 10:49 pm
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    really sad, then makes you mad cause this shit happens. good movie. thanks eum

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  • September 12, 2020 at 11:54 am
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    Sad but good

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  • December 9, 2020 at 7:22 pm
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    watched this in september. my eyes were welling up at the end, i especially loved the last line said. definately a favourite move of mine now. certain songs remind me of it and i get sad everytime, but in a good way.

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  • January 31, 2021 at 6:18 pm
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    Excellent work … Not a film is usually bother with but it’s premise seemed worthy of my attention. Very well executed….. And deserves to be seen and learnt from

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  • March 14, 2021 at 8:47 pm
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    Harsh and good. Excelent movie.

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  • July 18, 2021 at 3:29 pm
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    People told me i’d cry. I never cry during movies. I was sad at the end like any normal human but not enough to cry. Then my eyes started watering. I was kind of doing this intentionally to see if it would be cathartic since my tears get built up. However, after the movie was over it got me reflecting on my own life and looking at events in a new light. I’ve never balled harder in my life. Watch this film. If you’ve ever experienced any sort of sexual trauma, it will hit close to home.

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    • July 19, 2021 at 12:45 am
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      I had the same exact experience when i watched it with my ex-girlfriend a few years ago. She just held me and i wasnt even completely sure why i was crying.

      Its honestly pretty comforting knowing that wasnt a unique reaction.

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