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The Heart is Deceitful...Above All Things


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.

Release Details

  • Rated:15
  • Release date:Friday 15 July 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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