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Mysterious Skin (2004)

Coming Out at 30 March 2005 in theaters.


Mysterious Skin is coming-of-age drama film directed by Gregg Araki, who also wrote the screenplay based on Scott Heim’s 1995 novel of the same name. The film is Araki’s eighth, premiering at the 61st Venice International Film Festival in 2004, although it was not more widely distributed until 2005.

Mysterious Skin tells the story of two pre-adolescent boys who both experienced a strange event as children, and how it affects their lives in different ways into their young adulthood. One boy becomes a reckless, sexually adventurous male prostitute, while the other retreats into a reclusive fantasy of alien abduction.

Two eight-year-old Little League teammates, Neil McCormick and Brian Lackey, both experience life-altering events during the summer of 1981 in Hutchinson, Kansas. Neil, the son of an irresponsible single mother who is already discovering his own homosexuality, is sexually abused by the Little League coach, who leaves town after that summer. Brian, whose parents are often neglectful or busy working, only remembers that it started to rain during a game. The next thing he remembers is being in the crawl space of a house with a bloody nose, having no memory of the intervening five hours.

Director: Gregg Araki

Writers: Gregg Araki, Scott Heim (novel)

Stars: Brady Corbet, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Elisabeth Shue, Michelle Trachtenberg, Chase Ellison, Bill Sage, Lisa Long


Chase EllisonNeil (age 8)
George WebsterBrian (age 8)
Rachael Nastassja KraftDeborah (age 12)
Lisa LongMrs. Lackey
Chris MulkeyMr. Lackey
Elisabeth ShueMrs. McCormick
David Lee SmithAlfred
Bill SageCoach
Riley McGuireWendy (age 11)
Ryan StenzelStephen Zepherelli
Joseph Gordon-LevittNeil
Richard RiehleCharlie
Michelle TrachtenbergWendy
Brady CorbetBrian
Larry MarkoOld man with scar
Mary Lynn RajskubAvalyn Friesen
Jeffrey LiconEric
Bruno AlexanderRedneck Hick
Forrest FountainJackson
Zane HuettJackson’s Son
Reedy GibbsReceptionist
David Alan GrafGay Lumberjack
John GanunNYC John
Billy DragoZeke
Kelly KrugerDeborah
Pete KasperSedan Driver
Joan BlairCustomer in Yogurt Shop
Trieste Kelly DunnDate in “Blood Prom”
Gwenne HudsonBaseball Mom
Spencer KaydenBrooklyn Girl

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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