The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

2004

Drama

117
IMDb Rating 6.4 10 6,308

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Ben Foster as Travis
Jeremy Renner as Emerson
Michael Pitt as Buddy
Winona Ryder as Lois Wilson
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897.25 MB
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English 2.0
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23.976 fps
97 min
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97 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by cosmic_quest 8 / 10 / 10

Very tragic

'The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things' is a very dark tale of abuse, lost childhood and sometimes how adults can badly let down the children who look to them for love, support and guidance. It is very depressing with no 'happily ever after' ending but I think it is a film that we should all see. The film revolves around the sad and tragic life of young Jeremiah, a sweet and well-adjusted seven-year-old boy who has a loving home with his foster family after being abandoned as a toddler by his teenage mother. Jeremiah's happiness is snatched from him when his mother comes back and demands her son be returned to her, which social services do despite this woman not being fit to raise a plant let alone a child. From that point on, his life descends into abuse, neglect and brutality as he is dragged around from place-to-place by his drugged-out mother and her endless supply of boyfriends. Then once the novelty of raising a child wanes, she promptly dumps Jeremiah on her rigid, authoritarian family who are Christian-extremists that believe it is acceptable to beat the badness out of children. In some ways, this lifestyle is at least stable and Jeremiah does fit in only for his mother to return when he is ten and the cycle of neglect and abuse to start all over again. The quality of the acting is excellent though. Asia Argento, who plays Jeremiah's mother Sarah as well as scripting and directing this film, gave a solid performance as this selfish, unlikeable woman who has no concept of what she is doing to her poor son. However, it is the children who out-class everyone. Playing the role of seven-year-old Jeremiah, Jimmy Bennett is brilliant in depicting this innocent little child who is frightened, alone and in pain and doesn't know what he has done to deserve this. Cole and Dylan Sprouse share the role of ten-year-old Jeremiah and through them we see a boy who is jaded by what has happened yet still retains a sense of childish innocence. Having only see these two in cheap Disney films where their acting was wooden, it was surprising to see they do have talent within them given the proper material and director. There are many difficult and harrowing scenes in this film as we follow this child on a path that would physically and emotionally drain even the most hardened of adults. The scenes where Jeremiah was sexually abused are tastefully handled (as best as a film can 'tastefully' depict child rape, anyway) but the scenes are still very hard to watch. I know there is controversy in the story because it was supposedly based on a true-life novel only for the author J.T. LeRoy to confess it was all a lie. However, who really cares as while LeRoy may not have suffered, in reality, there are no doubt thousands of real Jeremiahs out there who have been let down by their pathetic-excuses of parents and social services. This film may not be about LeRoy but it is about these other children who are abused and worn down every day. This film does require the viewer to have a strong stomach but it is important in highlighting the realities of child abuse and it makes you realise that children are not always better off with their biological parents. Some kids do need to be taken away and placed in a home far, far away from their real parents if they are to have any sort of happiness, comfort and stability.

Reviewed by angelkarmachic 7 / 10 / 10

Parenting should be illegal to some people........

I watched The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things. I had never heard of it and apparently there was a lot of controversy surrounding the book. It seems it was a bit of a James Frey hoax thing but I really did like James Freys book and will be getting this one as soon as I'm not poor anymore, lol. OK back to the movie........... There is nothing 'good' in this movie, it was a breath taking, horrific piece of film. It will take a strong constitution to be able to watch it. It's not something that everyone could handle and is a topic I generally avoid like the plague for the sake of my sanity, but I think it should be seen or read by everyone. It's child abuse displayed in some of the most harrowing heartbreaking scenes I have ever watched in a movie. It's about a child called Jeremiah who was born to his 15 year old mother then fostered as a very young child by a family who loved him as every child needs and deserves to be loved. When he was 7 his mother returned to claim him and we see how fecking brutal some people are when it comes to being parents, in fact she was brutal as a human. I'm sure I will be the only person on the planet who could feel sorry for his mother but I have to admit I did. She was a mental case first and foremost and needed help. We see Jeremiah being treated in the most awful ways by his mother and his various 'new dads'. She gave her 7 yr old drugs she gave him to her boyfriends, she gave him away again, when she had enough of him, to her absolutely cuckoo religious zealot parents. I couldn't decide if it was worse to be treated the way he was when he was with his mother, with no way of knowing who to blame or if it was worse to be treated horrendously in the name of God. He spent three years with his grandparents in their cult like lives until his 'mother' decided she wanted him back. We see the return of the cycle of abuse, neglect and tear inducing living that the now 10 year old child has to go through. There is no feel good factor to this movie. There is no happy ending, no forgiveness and no redemption. There are no epiphanies for any of the abusers and no relief for a child that was born to another damaged child. I got so fecking angry while watching this and I cried my heart out for the fictional child of the movie but more for the children of the world that live the life Jeremiah did and no one does a fecking thing to save or protect them. I hate to see children treated like they have no rights, I hate that people actually believe a child has no rights. I hated this film as I was supposed to and I recommend everyone else give themselves the chance to hate it too. I have a copy of it here and feel like buying enough to give a copy to everyone that I know. I want everyone else to watch it. It is a movie that needs to be talked about for days with someone else. It needs to be discussed, dissected and despised. Karma. x

Reviewed by ODDBear 7 / 10 / 10

Depressing

Based on a J.T. Leroy novel (which doesn't tell me anything), The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things covers the growing up of young Jeremiah, the world's unluckiest kid. A product of a junkie mother, Jeremiah is taken away from his perfectly good foster parents and put in the care of his birth mother who takes him on a wild ride that is her life. Constantly taking drugs, along with being a truck stop prostitute, Jeremiah's mother subjects her son to a miserable existence which will most likely not have a happy ending. The second film directed by Asia Argento (the other being Scarlet Diva), this is a much better film and Asia definitely has some talent behind the camera. For the most part the film is decently written, depicting such utter lowlifes and an appalling lifestyle very well, making the film nearly into an educational video diary which shows you what happens when you succumb to the world of drugs and prostitution. The film doesn't take shortcuts anywhere and doesn't sugarcoat the characters. Asia is a genuinely revolting character and doesn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. It's hinted at that she grew up in a very religious and strict household and she rebelled against it, but the film doesn't make any attempts at getting the viewer to sympathize with her. It's Jeremiah who's the real victim here and that's a part this film does very well. How he ends up isn't revealed. The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things isn't a pleasurable viewing experience, in fact it mostly makes you feel depressed. It looks and feels authentic enough and it definitely has an impact. Asia is quite good in her role but all the kids who portray Jeremiah are excellent. Famous faces pop up in cameos but only Peter Fonda registers at all, playing a strict preacher who takes care of Jeremiah for a few years.

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