The Heart is Deceitful...Above All Things

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Time Out says

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.

Details

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