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Mysterious Skin (2004)

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4.5 out of 10 Very Powerful and No happy ending
Anthony from Dublin, 12 Jul 2007
This is an emotional rollercoaster dealing with the subject of child abuse and its effects on 2 teens in particular who deal with it in totally different ways. You quickly identify and sympathise with both of the leads even though their chosen (or appointed) life paths are totally different. For once the yanks avoided the temptation for a happy ending instead leaving a ? mark hanging. Be warned, there is a nasty violent scene towards the end and it is quite distressing to some people.
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3 out of 10 Disturbing
Ciaran from Dublin, 24 Sep 2008
A case study of abuse and its effects on the abused, Mysterious Skin is not for the faint-hearted. The opening third is very difficult viewing but it does ease off for the most part after that. The performances can't be faulted but your view of this will mostly depend on your ability to watch a movie with dark themes and graphic abuse so be warned.
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3.5 out of 10 Disturbing
Daire from Louth, 13 Dec 2008
This is quite disturbing in parts and reminds me of 'A Home at the End of the World' and 'C.R.AZ.Y.'. So if you liked them, you'll like this I guess. And Gordon Levitt is excellent once more.
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1 out of 10 something there, but not really worth watching
Frank from Cork, 29 Jun 2009
This film had potential, but never quite realised it. Couldn't recommend it, but will admit it had *something*.
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What's it about....
When he was eight, Brian Lackey woke up in the crawlspace beneath his house with his nose bleeding, having no idea how he got there. After that, his life is different - he is afraid of the dark, wets the bed and is plagued by terrible nightmares. Now 18, Brian believes that he was abducted by aliens. Neil McCormick is the ultimate beautiful outsider, the boy everyone loves from afar but is afraid of when they get too close. Also 18, Neil longs for the relationship he had...

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