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Young Jeremiah lives in a stable environment with loving foster parents until the day his troubled mother, Sarah (Asia Argento), returns to claim him. Jeremiah becomes swept up in his mother's dangerous world of drugs, seedy hotels, strip joints and revolving lovers. Salvation comes in the form of the boy's ultrareligious grandparents, but soon Jeremiah's mother returns. Maternal love binds the pair together on the road until Sarah's desperate and depraved lifestyle finally consumes her.

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Jimmy Bennett
Jeremiah (Age 7)
Dylan Sprouse
Jeremiah (Age 11)
Cole Sprouse
Jeremiah (Age 11)
Peter Fonda
Grandfather
Ben Foster
Fleshy Boy
Ornella Muti
Grandmother
Lily Bright
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Geoffrey Cox
Executive Producer
Ryan R. Johnson
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  • Nov 02, 2011
    As much as I like Asia Argento, I found all the abuse realistic, yet, not for any point. It also has an amazing cast featuring Jeremy Renner, Peter Fonda, Ben Foster, Michael Pitt, and way more, but even they can't make this film worth watching.
    ZACHO D Super Reviewer
  • Mar 27, 2010
    Asia Argento presents a bleak, disturbing and horrific film. Argento refuses to undermine the story by offering no final solution. The films main purpose is to make the audience feel very uncomfortable. Problems like child abuse are easy to put aside as coverage of real life events must always be handled with tact. Argento goes for a more direct approach. Argento and the boys all give sterling performances, and are aided by a never-ending stream of boyfriends from Manson-Renner. The Sprouse boys have certainly come along way and their performances are intune with each other. Wonderful, but not light, stuff.
    Luke B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2008
    This movie was excellent - extremely disturbing and certainly wouldn't be to everyone's taste. Jimmy Bennett is excellent as a little boy in foster care who's drugged up, hopeless, too awful for words mother comes back to claim him. What follows is so horrific that it came as quite a relief to do a bit more research and discover the "true story" was in fact a hoax, but all the same, sure there are plenty of people out there this type of crap does happen to, and this was so well done. It has a few cameo appearances in it by various people such as Michael Pitt, Winona Ryder and Marilyn Manson - none of them are in it for more than a few minutes, so not worth renting just to see any of those if you are a fan. I was impressed with Winona's appearance though, it was darkly funny and actually nearly didn't recognise her.
    Nicki M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 12, 2007
    Really strange and awuflly true story of a poor innocent little boy's life turned hell while he spent with his drug-addicted hooker mother. I felt so sorry for a little boy. And actress-director-screenwriter Asia Argento who plays as a mother looks like a wild Courteney Love in this film.
    Dean M Super Reviewer

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