THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS

by Asia Argento
THE HEART IS DECEITFUL ABOVE ALL THINGS - INGANNEVOLE È IL CUORE PIÙ DI OGNI COSA

Informations

Nation: USA, UK, France, Japan

Year: 2004

Length: 98'

35° TORINO FILM FESTIVAL

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Synopsis

Sarah is the twenty-three-year-old mother of Jeremiah, a six-year-old boy addicted to drugs and alcohol. She reclaims him from his foster home and they begin a one-way journey to the end. 

Director

Asia Argento

Asia Argento

Asia Argento (Rome, Italy, 1975) made her debut as a child actor received two David di Donatello Awards for Perdiamoci di vista (1994) by Carlo Verdone, and in Compagna di viaggio (1995) by Peter del Monte. She directed her first feature Scarlet Diva in 2ooo, followed by The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), selected at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes. She also performed in many movies, and returned to Cannes in 2014 with Incompresa.

Filmography:
DeGenerazione (ep. Prospettive, cm, 1994), A ritroso (cm, 1994), Abel/Asia (cm, doc., 1998), La tua lingua sul mio cuore (cm, 1999), Scarlet Diva (2000), Loredasia (cm, 2000), La scomparsa (cm, 2000), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Ingannevole è il cuore più di ogni cosa, 2004), Lest We Forget: The Video Collection (videoclip, [s]AINT, 2004), Marilyn Manson: Saint (videoclip, 2004), Delfinasia (cm, 2007), 42 One Dream Rush (cm, 2010), Firmeza (cm, 2012), Incompresa (2014), Era di Marzo (cm, 2017).

Cast and Credits

regia/director
Asia Argento
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by J.T. Leroy
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Asia Argento, Alessandro Magania
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Alan Edwards
montaggio/film editing
Jim Mol
scenografia/production design
Max Bisoce
costumi/costume design
Mel Ottenberg
musica/music
Marco Castoldi, Billy Corgan, Sonic Youth
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Asia Argento (Sarah), Jimmy Bennett (Jeremiah bambino/as a child), Dylan Sprouse (Jeremiah cresciuto/grown), Peter Fonda (il nonno/grandfather), Ben Foster (Freshy Boy), Marylin Manson (Jackson), Ornella Muti (la nonna/grandmother), Kip Pardue (Luther), Michael Pitt (Buddy), Jeremy Renner (Emerson), John Robinson (Aaron), Jeremy Sisto (Chester), Winona Ryder (la psicologa/psychologist)
produttori/producers
Chris Hanley, David Hillary, Alain de la Mata, Brian Young
produzione/production
Above All Things Inc., Artist Film, Metro Tartan Distribution Ltd., Minerva Pictures, Wild Bunch, Departure Entertainment, Departure Studios, Muse Productions, Pretty Dangerous Films, Snowfall Films

Director statement

“I read the novel open-heartedly, and I fell in love with it. I was really struck by J.T.’s life; the first pages were the hardest, I had to force myself to keep reading. I thought the abuses had to be denounced. We have to teach children to be careful, because you can’t recognize people who do horrible things: they look just like anyone else, they don’t seem like monsters, they don’t have sharp teeth and claws. The film is meant as a condemnation, not as a provocation. […] At first, I was intimidated by this project, but then I realized that it was the only way to portray the book in a way that wouldn’t betray J.T.’s trust. My character is a bad person, but you also have to understand why she behaves the way she does and where she comes from, because ultimately she is also a victim.”

Synopsis Learn more

Sarah is the twenty-three-year-old mother of Jeremiah, a six-year-old boy addicted to drugs and alcohol. She reclaims him from his foster home and they begin a one-way journey to the end. 

Director All about direction

Asia Argento

Asia Argento

Asia Argento (Rome, Italy, 1975) made her debut as a child actor received two David di Donatello Awards for Perdiamoci di vista (1994) by Carlo Verdone, and in Compagna di viaggio (1995) by Peter del Monte. She directed her first feature Scarlet Diva in 2ooo, followed by The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (2004), selected at the Quinzaine des réalisateurs in Cannes. She also performed in many movies, and returned to Cannes in 2014 with Incompresa.

Filmography:
DeGenerazione (ep. Prospettive, cm, 1994), A ritroso (cm, 1994), Abel/Asia (cm, doc., 1998), La tua lingua sul mio cuore (cm, 1999), Scarlet Diva (2000), Loredasia (cm, 2000), La scomparsa (cm, 2000), The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (Ingannevole è il cuore più di ogni cosa, 2004), Lest We Forget: The Video Collection (videoclip, [s]AINT, 2004), Marilyn Manson: Saint (videoclip, 2004), Delfinasia (cm, 2007), 42 One Dream Rush (cm, 2010), Firmeza (cm, 2012), Incompresa (2014), Era di Marzo (cm, 2017).

Cast and Credits Discover the cast of the film

regia/director
Asia Argento
soggetto/story
dall’omonimo romanzo di/from the novel of the same title by J.T. Leroy
sceneggiatura/screenplay
Asia Argento, Alessandro Magania
fotografia/cinematography
Eric Alan Edwards
montaggio/film editing
Jim Mol
scenografia/production design
Max Bisoce
costumi/costume design
Mel Ottenberg
musica/music
Marco Castoldi, Billy Corgan, Sonic Youth
interpreti e personaggi/cast and characters
Asia Argento (Sarah), Jimmy Bennett (Jeremiah bambino/as a child), Dylan Sprouse (Jeremiah cresciuto/grown), Peter Fonda (il nonno/grandfather), Ben Foster (Freshy Boy), Marylin Manson (Jackson), Ornella Muti (la nonna/grandmother), Kip Pardue (Luther), Michael Pitt (Buddy), Jeremy Renner (Emerson), John Robinson (Aaron), Jeremy Sisto (Chester), Winona Ryder (la psicologa/psychologist)
produttori/producers
Chris Hanley, David Hillary, Alain de la Mata, Brian Young
produzione/production
Above All Things Inc., Artist Film, Metro Tartan Distribution Ltd., Minerva Pictures, Wild Bunch, Departure Entertainment, Departure Studios, Muse Productions, Pretty Dangerous Films, Snowfall Films

Director statement Read more

“I read the novel open-heartedly, and I fell in love with it. I was really struck by J.T.’s life; the first pages were the hardest, I had to force myself to keep reading. I thought the abuses had to be denounced. We have to teach children to be careful, because you can’t recognize people who do horrible things: they look just like anyone else, they don’t seem like monsters, they don’t have sharp teeth and claws. The film is meant as a condemnation, not as a provocation. […] At first, I was intimidated by this project, but then I realized that it was the only way to portray the book in a way that wouldn’t betray J.T.’s trust. My character is a bad person, but you also have to understand why she behaves the way she does and where she comes from, because ultimately she is also a victim.”