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|Laufzeit:||Ca. 117 min.|
|FSK:||From 16 years]|
That Bryon Widner (Jamie Bell) is a person full of hate and prejudice is obvious to the young man immediately. Finally he reveals his racist attitude in numerous tattoos on his body and face. He is celebrated in the right-wing radical grouping by his foster parents
"Ma" Shareen (Vera Farmiga) and "Pa" Fred Krager (Bill Kamp) for exhibiting his hatred and acts of violence. Doubts about his thoughts and actions only arise in him when he meets the threefold mother Julie (Danielle Macdonald) for the first time something like real love and family warmth. When he realizes that his feelings could be dangerous not only for him, but also for Julie and her daughters, Byron seeks help from African-American human rights activist Daryle (Mike Colter), who wants to help him get out of the scene and get rid of his treacherous tattoos. For Byron this means a protracted and very painful fight against the demons of the past who are not willing to let him go...
"Skin" is based on true events that director Guy Nattiv has turned into a gripping, but also surprisingly restrained drama. In contrast to "American History X", for example, too explicit a representation of violence is also dispensed with. Much is hinted at and clarified by language and atmosphere. This makes for some very intense moments, but also for numerous scenes, that seem a bit tenacious and at the same time a bit powerless. That's because of the staging and not because of the great actors, who give their all to the very difficult roles. Especially Jamie Bell delivers a very intense performance, but also Danielle Macdonald and Mike Colter act very strong. And Vera Farmiga makes you feel really uncomfortable as a viewer in some moments. Respect for it!
The figure of Daryle, a man who is confronted with hatred, prejudice and violence day after day, but who never gives up hope of being able to convert people like Byron, is particularly interesting. He believes in the good in man and is ready to face its dark sides - a very strong and important character trait that is less and less to be found in our society. The film shows very well how closely the right-wing radical net around Byron is woven, how difficult it is to escape him and how important dedicated, courageous people like Daryle are for it.
However, in the end it is of course Byron who has to go the hard way if he wants to escape his past. Despite some small lengths at the end, the film succeeds in tracing this very well. "Skin" is not a simple movie, not a light entertainment to switch off after a hard day. But it's an important drama that shows how important it is to approach people and believe in them, even if their attitude contradicts everything you believe in. For the great actors and the important message there is a deserved one: Worth seeing!
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