Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, The (2004, USA/GBR/FRA/JAP) C-98m. M D: Asia Argento. Starring Asia Argento, Jimmy Bennett, Kip Pardue, Ornella Muti, Dylan Sprouse, Cole Sprouse, Peter Fonda, Marilyn Manson, Jeremy Sisto, Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder. This movie is unwatchable above all things. Director-actress Argento casts herself as a trailer-trash mother in this, her second feature. She wins a custody battle to take her son home from his foster parents, then subjects him to all kinds of (unspeakable) abuse. The boy suffers through the entire movie and so will you. One wonders why so many decent actors signed on for this script. Based on short stories by J.T. LeRoy. Score includes work by Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth) and Billy Corgan.

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