Skins

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Released 2002

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Director:
Chris Eyre
Released:
2002
Rating:
R
Skins is a 2002 drama directed by Chris Eyre and based on a novel by Adrian C. Louis. Rudy (Eric Schweig) and Mogie (Graham Greene), the Yellow Lodge brothers, live on a Lakota Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Although they are blood relatives, the two could not be more different. Rudy is a tribal police officer, ambitious and driven. Mogie used to be a football star, but over the years he let alcoholism and depression consume him. His wounds from the Vietnam War only add to Mogie's bleak outlook on life, an attitude he shares freely with his son, Herbie (Noah Watts). As he struggles to keep his brother and nephew taken care of and also deal with the issues of racial violence and substance abuse on the reservation, Rudy finds himself changing. He starts styling himself as a vigilante, operating outside the boundaries of the law to fight against injustice. Mogie claims that it is Iktomi, a trickster spirit, but as his actions grow more risky, Rudy wonders if he is losing touch with reality. It is up to his brother to help Rudy find his way again.moreless

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  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    A wrenching, uncompromisingly bleak film, but its stars, who include talented newcomer Noah Watts as Mogie's son and Lois Red Elk as the brothers' staunch aunt, fill the screen wit...

  • 50

    The New York Times Dave Kehr

    Might have been better off as a documentary, with less of Mr. Eyre's uninspired dramatics and more of his sense of observation and outrage.

  • 40

    Variety David Rooney

    Has a patched-together feel, and its aims as human drama, social documentary and vigilante movie are never quite reconciled.

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