The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

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Overview

Actress and filmmaker Asia Argento directed this faithful screen adaptation of the fictional J.T. Leroy's fictional memoir, which documents a boy's truly harrowing road to adulthood. Jeremiah Jimmy Bennett is the seven-year-old son of Sarah Asia Argento, an unstable and unwed mother who abandoned her son and left him to be raised by foster parents. Jeremiah has come to love his guardians, and is devastated when Sarah arrives at their doorstep, demanding her child back. Threatening Jeremiah with torture if he ...
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Overview

Actress and filmmaker Asia Argento directed this faithful screen adaptation of the fictional J.T. Leroy's fictional memoir, which documents a boy's truly harrowing road to adulthood. Jeremiah Jimmy Bennett is the seven-year-old son of Sarah Asia Argento, an unstable and unwed mother who abandoned her son and left him to be raised by foster parents. Jeremiah has come to love his guardians, and is devastated when Sarah arrives at their doorstep, demanding her child back. Threatening Jeremiah with torture if he tries to run away, Sarah introduces her young son to drugs and encourages her one-night-stand paramours to help "discipline" her son when she feels his behavior is inappropriate. Sarah marries a man named Emerson Jeremy Renner, but abandons him shortly afterward; Emerson responds by molesting Jeremiah, and soon the child is left in the care of his grandparents Peter Fonda and Ornella Muti, members of a fundamentalist Christian sect which emphasizes child discipline that's strict to the point of abuse. After three years, Sarah returns with a new husband, Kenny Matt Schulze, and takes Jeremiah now played by Dylan Sprouse and Cole Sprouse with her; Kenny spends most of his time on the road as a trucker, and Sarah supports the family at home as a stripper and a prostitute. Sarah also begins dressing her son is girl's clothing, which excites the perverse appetites of Sarah's latest boyfriend, Jackson Marilyn Manson; she soon leaves Jackson and pairs off with Chester Jeremy Sisto, a biker with a dangerous way of making a living. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things premiered at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, where it was screened as part of the "Directors Fortnight" series.
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Special Features

Commentary track with director Asia Argento and producer Chris Hanley; "JT Under Cover" featurette; New York Film Premiere & party featurette; Multiple Easter Eggs; 5.1 surround sound; US theatrical trailer; Previews; Weblinks
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/6/2006
  • UPC: 660200313128
  • Original Release: 2004
  • Rating:

  • Source: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 39,400

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Asia Argento Sarah
Jimmy Bennett Young Jeremiah
Dylan Sprouse Older Jeremiah
Cole Sprouse Older Jeremiah
Peter Fonda Grandfather
Ben Foster Fleshy Boy
Ornella Muti Grandmother
Kip Pardue Luther
Michael Pitt Buddy
Jeremy Renner Emerson
John Robinson Aaron
Marilyn Manson Jackson
Jeremy Sisto Chester
Matt Schulze Kenny
Lydia Lunch Social Worker
Winona Ryder Psychologist
Technical Credits
Asia Argento Director, Screenwriter
Soo-Jun Bae Co-producer
Max Biscoe Production Designer
Jennifer L. Booth Co-producer
Freddy Braidy Associate Producer
Lilly Bright Executive Producer
Marco Castoldi Score Composer
Christiane Cegavske Animator
Geoffrey Cox Co-producer
Gianluca Curti Associate Producer
Alain de la Mata Producer
Eric Alan Edwards Cinematographer
Eric Edwards Cinematographer
Sam Englebardt Associate Producer
Jennifer Fiedler Asst. Director
Gerry Gershman Musical Direction/Supervision
Chris Hanley Producer
Roberta Hanley Producer
Jane Holzer Associate Producer
Ryan R. Johnson Executive Producer
Francesco Juilland Associate Producer
Naoki Kai Executive Producer
Ara Katz Associate Producer
J.T. Leroy Associate Producer
Kevin Lum Asst. Director
Suzanne Lyons Associate Producer
Alessandro Magania Screenwriter
Shannon Makhanian Casting
Yolanda Markopoulou Associate Producer
Damon Martin Executive Producer
Hamish McAlpine Executive Producer
Jim Mol Editor
Mel Ottenberg Costumes/Costume Designer
Kevin Ragsdale Executive Producer
Kate Robbins Associate Producer
Chad Troutwine Executive Producer
Bobby Tuccillo Sound/Sound Designer
Trisha Van Klaveren Executive Producer
Brian Young Producer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
1. Mommy [5:41]
2. On the Run [3:38]
3. Stuck With Me [5:09]
4. The Trip [4:52]
5. Growing up Fast [5:49]
6. Restless [4:55]
7. Bad Man [4:54]
8. House of the Lord [4:37]
9. Sanctified [6:26]
10. Truckin' [7:40]
11. Deserted [7:12]
12. Possessed Heart [2:51]
13. Baby Doll [6:36]
14. Coal Play [4:21]
15. Buddy [3:40]
16. Black Fire [3:08]
17. Antidote [8:15]
18. End Credits [5:31]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
   Play Movie
   Set-Up
      5.1 Surround
      2.0 Stereo
      Commentary With Director Asia Argento and Producer Chris Hanley
   Scene Selection
   Extras
      New York Film Premiere
      JT Under Cover
      US Theatrical Trailer
      Palm Previews
      Weblinks
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    don't watch it

    I saw this movie and thought it was horrible. It's very sad and there doesn't seem to be any light at the end of the tunnel for this story. This poor child is repeatedly abused my his mother and her boyfriends and its hard to watch.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Child abuse isnt pretty and neither is this film

    The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things is an ugly brutal and depressing film. I s this a recommendatýon? Yes. Unlike most Hollywood films covering this subject -with the prerequisite happy/hopeful resolution- Argentos grim film shows us that once innocence is violently lost there are no happy endings. Beautifully filmed and edited.

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