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HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS, THE

Director : ASIA ARGENTO

Status: Completed

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Synopsis
Short synopsis

A childhood turned inside-out, seen through the eyes of a young boy. We follow Jeremiah and his prostitute mother Sarah into a world of drug dens, shotgun shacks, fleapit motels and strip joints, populated by predators, junkies and criminals. Subjected to a succession of deadbeat surrogate fathers and Sarah’s descent into madness, Jeremiah is forced into a desperate struggle to survive, to retain the pure, enchanted vision through which he views and transforms his world.

Long synopsis

The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things, adapted from best-selling cult author J.T. Leroy‘s remarkable autobiographical novel, is the story of a childhood turned inside-out, seen through the eyes of a boy, Jeremiah, and his mother, Sarah, an impulsive, insatiable, utterly lost young woman who works as a truck-stop prostitute in the Southern states of America.

We follow Jeremiah as he is bounced between his foster parents, his fundamentalist grandparents and a vagabond existence on the road with Sarah, passing through endless drug dens, shotgun shacks, fleapit motels and strip joints populated by low-lives, predators, junkies and criminals.

Constantly subjected to new and dangerous environments, a succession of deadbeat surrogate fathers and his mother’s descent into speed-fuelled madness, Jeremiah is forced into a desperate struggle to survive and grow. His strength and endurance in the face of adversity and loss become the focus of the story.

And we see that after all he experiences, Jeremiah still manages to retain the purity and naivety of the enchanted way in which he views and transforms his world.

Starring, written and directed by Asia Argento (Scarlet Diva, XXX), and shot by Eric Alan Edwards (Kids, The Slaughter Rule, My Own Private Idaho, Cop Land), by turns red-raw and lyrical, brutal and transcendent, The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things boasts a stunning cast including, Academy Award-winner Peter Fonda, Winona Ryder, Marilyn Manson, Jeremy Renner (S.W.A.T.), Jimmy Bennett, Cole and Dylan Sprouse, Michael Pitt and John Robinson.