Eight year old Brian Lackey (George Webster) wakes up in the cupboard under the stairs of his Kansas home with his nose bleeding and no idea how he got there or how long ago. A decade later Brian (Brady Corbet) still has a blank about that night and comes to believe he was abducted by aliens. Brian\'s search for what happened to him leads him to Neil (Chase Ellison), his Little League friend of those days, who is now also 18, but the adult Neil (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) has been living his life as a gay prostitute and has moved to New York. When Neil returns to his Kansas home town for Christmas, he is confronted by Brian, and recalls the sexually graphic events of their childhood involving their coach (Bill Sage); both young men realise how those events shaped their lives.
 

4.5
Brave performances, a moving score and skilful cinematography...

You\'ll probably remember the film\'s R rating was reviewed recently, and upheld. is based on the acclaimed novel by Scott Reim, and directed by American Indie filmmaker, Gregg Araki. With brave performances, a moving score and skilful cinematography, this is a harrowing, but powerful story. Unlike Kevin Bacon\'s recent film The Woodsman - which explored the inner demons of a paedophile, Mysterious Skin gives voice to the victims, condemning the abuser and acknowledging that individuals deal with trauma in very different ways. I take my hat off to Gregg Araki. It\'s his most mature film to date, and he\'s not afraid to challenge his audiences.