Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 188: Sat Jul 8

Mysterious Skin (Araki, 2004): Picturehouse Central, 6pm

This 35mm presentation, featuring a Q&A with director Gregg Araki, is part of the Picturehouse Central's Sundance Film Festival Weekend. You can find the full details here.

Time out review:
A compelling story marred somewhat by uneven storytelling, Araki leads us through the early lives of two Kansas boys, Brian (Brady Corbet) and Neil (Joseph Gordon Levitt), from their experiences as eight-year-old schoolchildren through to their late teenage years when, finally, they both come to terms with defining events in their early lives. For Neil, who has become a self-destructive rent boy, that event is serious sexual abuse at the hands of his baseball coach (Bill Sage). Although Araki struggles to find a consistent tone, his film remains powerful and unnerving.

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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