The film is disturbing and may be too much for some viewers, but for those who are willing to give it a try you will find and emotionally powerful film. Viewers discretion is advised. The film is graphic in subject matter but really hypnotic. My mind went numb after I watched this.
When Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was 8 years old, he was sexually abused by his baseball coach (Bill Sage), and now as an adult he earn his money as a male hustler. His promiscuous mother (Elisabeth Shue) doesn't know what he's doing, but his best friends Wendy (Michelle Trachtenberg) and Eric (Jeffrey Licon) supports him no matter what. When Brian (Brady Corbet) was 8 years old, he believed that he was abducted by alien, and now as an adult he is determine to find out the truth. Directed by Gregg Araki. Based on a novel by Scott Heim.
It's not a particularly amazing film but the beauty is in its subtlety; it's building of very real understated characters and the cinematography. This was contrasted by some sometimes brutal, disturbing scenes. I had to look away everytime there were something that disturbed me. All of this made for a very good, powerful piece of cinema, but where the film really becomes really becomes something special is the ending. It builds up to a conclusion which really caught me by surprise with its power. I didn't particularly like the film, but I liked its stylish direction and it's very inventive and off the wall script. The film is well made in just about every possible way; haunting, powerful, challenging, emotional, moving, compelling. and has such an impact that it will stay with you awhile after you see it.
And while that sounds like a depressing and painful, the film is about human being relationship being shaped by our past and the drive to escape them. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is so real, it is difficult to believe he is acting. He is clearly ready for the big leagues. The music also perfectly matched and sad. As someone who actually went through a lot of the things the movie depicts (although not quite as extreme), I found it not only shockingly real, but an emotional experience as well. This movie shows that something at a young age can really affect the way people behave when they grown up. I feel like I have come to know what it's like to be in the situation the main characters face because it was all so real. A frank film about getting over child abuse. It depicts the radically different sexual trajectories of two young men who have been subjected. I don't suggest this for everyone.
ETA: Few years after I watched this movie, I watched it again on DVD. I was surprised that I didn't have the strength to watch this movie. This is a very hard movie to watch, and it will leave you a sense of sadness and desperation after watching it. And I don't think I really like it anymore.
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