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From cult author J.T. LeRoy's best-selling novel The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, comes Asia Argento's bold cinematic adaptation of the controversial story of a mother and her son living hard and fast in the dark fringes of America.

Seven-year-old Jeremiah lived a calm, comfortable life in the care of a loving foster home until the day his young mother Sarah (Argento) came to take him back. Jeremiah is thrust against his will into his mother’s reckless life of turmoil and depravity, bouncing between desolate truck-stops, flea bag motels, strip joints and drug dens. Deadbeat surrogate dads swoop in and out of Jeremiah's life until he finds himself in the custody of his ultra-religious grandparents. Soon after Jeremiah adapts to his new life as a Christian fundamentalist, Sarah returns to claim him. Back on the road and bound by a love only a mother and son could have for each other, Sarah pulls Jeremiah further and further into her dementia. When Sarah is finally and wholly consumed by drugs, prostitution and violence, Jeremiah is forced into a desperate struggle to survive the madness of his surroundings.

It’s a rare thing for an Indie film like this to pan out as anything other than a preachy message movie. It sounds like it’s more about generating controversy than good filmmaking. Who is the target here? Is this an attack on Christian fundamentalists? Or are they the good guys? It’s impossible to tell, but I’d be shocked if anything playing in art houses had anything good to say about folks with Jesus fish plastered on their backs. Not that they’re necessarily wrong if they are bashing them, but what’s the point? They’re preaching to the converted. There’s nothing particularly brave or groundbreaking in that.

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