"The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life. Five hours... lost... gone without a trace" Ten years later, Brian Lackey is still tormented by the black hole in his life - the five missing hours that have left him convinced he was abducted by aliens. In the same small Kansas town, another teen has no such worries. A hustler wise beyond his years, he has only one thing on his mind; sex and the path his urges are going to take. Searching for answers, both boys separately head for New York City, where a twist of fate brings them together to realize that their future happiness lies in exorcising the collective demons of their past.
- Mysterious Skin review by Steve Mason
Dreamlike and surreal account of two boys whose lives are devastated, in different ways, by a forgotten episode from their schooldays. A charismatic star turn from Joseph Gordon Levitt powers this one. Sensitive, touching and imaginative handling by the director of an difficult subject.
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Weird and torturing story
- Mysterious Skin review by TB
A story of child abuse but told in a different and at times hard to watch way. It’s very weird in the beginning but in a way it’s presented to you in a fashion in which it must have been interpreted in the child’s minds. This different approach to telling the tale works well and is very affecting. Especially when seeing the pain and suffering that has led both children down different, yet difficult paths as they get older. Good performances by both leads and pulled together well to give a conclusion that hits home hard.