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Mysterious Skin

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Source: Catholic News Service

Powerful, at times graphic, story of how being sexually abused as youngsters altered the lives of two teenagers: one (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) becoming a hardened male hustler, the other (Brady Corbet), with no specific memory of his abuse, so traumatized he believes he may have been abducted by aliens as a child. Gregg Araki's uncompromising film -- based on a novel by Scott Heim -- is a searing indictment of the dreadful and lasting effects of child abuse, is sensitively handled, and features good performances including that of Michelle Trachtenberg as the platonic friend of one of the boys. But the sexual content is so raw, that many will find the film repellant and difficult to sit through. Rough and crude language, rear nudity, sordid sexual situations including violent rape, prostitution and drug use. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. Not rated by the Motion Picture Association of America.

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