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On My Skin

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Haunting drama about police brutality victim; mature themes.

Movie NR 2018 100 minutes
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On my skin

A movie telling the effects of how police can brutalize suspected drug users /and or suspected dealers while in custody. Showing the suspect to be helpless and their family also. In this case Stephen was brutalized fatally. Not knowing at first, showing each person in his path showing little or no empathy other than his family belplessly. Within 7 days each day reached only closer to his demise. Based on a true story of a 31 Year old male. Beware, real pictures from the morgue of his brutalized face at the end. RIP Stephen

Is It Any Good?

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Kids say: Not yet rated

This cry for justice is haunting, harrowing, tragic, and hard to watch, but well worth watching because it raises questions about injustice that society has to answer. Borghi's fine performance as Stefano and director Alessio Cremonini's quiet, relentless tone show a series of events that are hard to believe and don't try to disguise the point of view that what happened to Stefano and his family is as far removed from justice as can be imagined.

It's certainly a riveting and engaging way to start mature teens thinking and talking about lots of aspects of criminal justice. How effective is it to treat drug problems as crimes? How much power do local cops have over the people on their beats? How do we treat people fairly who've been arrested but not convicted? How can we make sure prisoners get adequate medical treatment? How do the criminal justice and prison systems treat family members? Stefano's case, and so many of these questions, remain unsolved, which make On My Skin a movie best for mature teens who are able to handle the lack of resolution. And maybe it'll encourage them to learn more and find a way to ensure justice and fair treatment for everyone.

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