The Heart is Deceitful...Above All Things

As tough-minded and grown-up a film about child abuse as Gregg Araki’s admittedly superior ‘Mysterious Skin’ (also in the fest), Argento’s second feature chronicles the physical and sexual abuse and neglect endured by a young boy saddled with a hopeless, strung-out mother. Hard to watch but gorgeously photographed, this adaptation of novelist JT Leroy’s autobiographical Southern Gothic sometimes reaches ‘Ratcatcher’-like heights in envisioning child’s-eye dreams and nightmares. Assembling a vivid gallery of cameos – Peter Fonda as a Bible-belt-wielding Jesus freak, Winona Ryder as a child psychologist – Argento also contributes a note-perfect performance as the miserable, monstrous, and – in her own sick way – loving mother.

Release details

Rated: 15
Release date: Friday July 15 2005
Duration: 97 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Asia Argento
Screenwriter: Asia Argento, Alessandra Magania
Cast: Asia Argento
Peter Fonda
Michael Pitt
Marilyn Manson
Jimmy Bennett
Dylan Sprouse
Cole Sprouse
Ben Foster
Ornella Muti
Kip Pardue

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Jean

The little boys are great, but the rest is a pile of rubbish. Unwatchable

Jarred Hurst

This is a very powerful movie and book...it is one of my favorite reads and favorite movie. It's very powerful and heart renching

Jarred Hurst

This is a very powerful movie and book...it is one of my favorite reads and favorite movie. It's very powerful and heart renching