31/05/2005: "Mysterious Skin"
I can't blog anymore, get me out of here, I want back, Central Asia is still under my skin! Funny how I find myself still pretending to be over there, walking through London and chatting to people as if they could hide the promise of an unusual encounter (how disappointed I often am). In desperation, I sought an escape in Gregg Araki's latest film, Mysterious Skin. It's the story of a young man, Neil, whose free and lascivous lifestyle hides the scars of a pedophile's victim, forever present, defining who he is. A disturbing but fascinating film that I will find hard to forget, I didn't believe that it all could be portrayed in such a poetic, dreamlike manner. Joseph Gordon-Levitt has a magnetic presence, I couldn't help feel attracted to his character. How fascinating that the impetus behind Neil's freedom is the very thing that holds him forever prisoner. That which defines him is also that which destroys him.