Logline: Two young men, who share a traumatic event from their childhood, cross paths with one another.
Review: In Mysterious Skin, filmmaker Greg Araki tackles an extremely sensitive topic-child sexual abuse. Unfairly labeled an NC-17, the film is never explicitly graphic but everything is always strongly implied so that there is never any doubt as to what is happening. People do not like to feel uncomfortable and Mysterious Skin is an uncomfortable film, but one that facilitates a necessary discussion.
Based on the novel by Scott Heim, Mysterious Skin focuses on two victims of child abuse and the cumulative, long-term effects of that abuse on their lives. All of the performances are great especially from leads Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Brady Corbet. The subject matter is handled with the utmost respect and the film is expertly directed. I cannot recommend Mysterious Skin enough. It is an emotionally harrowing experience that needs to be seen.
Rating (out of ****): ****