Directed by: Asia Argento
Starring: Asia Argento (Sarah), Jimmy Bennett (Young Jeremiah), Dylan and Cole Sprouse (Older Jeremiah), Peter Fonda (Grandfather), Ornella Muti (Grandmother), Jeremy Renner (Emerson), Michael Pitt (Buddy), Ben Foster (Fleshy Boy), Winona Ryder (Psychologist)
Country: USA, Effed Up American Movies
Language: English (Optional Eng Subs)
Genres: Childhood, Domestic Abuse, Old-Young, Religion, Prostitution, Drugs, CrossDressing, Misery-Depressing
Plot – Spoilers:
Jeremiah is plucked out of foster-care by his crackwhore mother Sarah. Though initially resentful, Jeremiah is frightened into submission and dependence by Sarah, to the point where all that he can look forward to, is to please her. Along the way, he’s often left to the whims and fancies of Sarah’s string of lovers and her crazy family.
Sarah shares a complicated, abusive relationship with Jeremiah. Her own childhood that was ravaged by religious abuse ensures that she never really wants him back as a son. Rather as someone weaker and more vulnerable, to feel better in comparison, and to blame for everything that’s going wrong in her life. And when she hits the nadir of her drug-fueled downward spiral, Sarah’s determined to drag her boy down with her.
Directed by Asia Argento, who also plays Sarah with a Courtney Love look, the film was retrospectively controversial a few years back. This time, not for its content, but for the metoo claims by actor Jimmy Bennett (Jeremiah) who was 17 at the time of his alleged romp with Asia.