The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things

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German title The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Original title The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2004
length approx. 97 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
Director Asia Argento
script Asia Argento
production Chris Hanley ,
David Hillary ,
Alain de la Mata
music Marco Castoldi ,
Billy Corgan ,
Kim Gordon
camera Eric Alan Edwards
cut Jim Mol

The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things (cross-reference: The heart is a deceitful person ) is the film adaptation of the supposedly autobiographical marketed novel 'The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things' by JT LeRoy , published in Germany under the title 'Jeremiah'. The film was shot in 2004 and directed by Asia Argento , who also starred as Sarah.


The film is about the relationship between drug addict mother Sarah and her son Jeremiah. Sarah spends her life with drug use, prostitution, alcohol excesses and striptease.

Sarah has many relationships with men who treat her and her son badly, and she's neglecting her son more and more, for which she uses men as an excuse. After Jeremiah was hospitalized after being raped, his grandmother picks him up from there. He lives with his grandparents in a radical Christian sect in West Virginia. Three years later, Jeremiah is now eleven years old, Sarah comes back to take him back to her. Jeremiah allows her to dress him in girl's clothes to help her with her work. Jeremiah appears as a baby doll version of Sarah in relevant clubs and finally seduces Sarah's current boyfriend Jackson, who initially tries to resist him, but then rapes him.

Angry with Jackson for giving in to her son's advances and Jeremiah for messing up her panties, Sarah leaves the place with her son.

After being in the house of Sarah's last friend, which blew up with him in it, Sarah and Jeremiah escape. After a failed attempt to steal groceries in a supermarket, Jeremiah finds something edible in a dumpster. Shortly afterwards, his mother, who is delusional at the time, persuades him to drink poison.

Jeremiah wakes up again in a hospital with his grandmother by his side. She tells him that his mother is in the psychiatric ward. But that night Sarah takes her son out of his hospital room and escapes with him in hospital clothes. The last scene shows Sarah and Jeremiah driving away in a car.


The magazine TV Spielfilm 6/2008 wrote that the film offered “vital, edgy independent cinema” . He shows "a rough, remote" trailer-trash "America in dark-poetic, sometimes hallucinatory images" .


Asia Argento was nominated in 2006 for the Nastro d'Argento des Sindacato Nazionale Giornalisti Cinematografici Italiani .


The film was in Knoxville ( Tennessee turned). Its world premiere took place on May 15, 2004 at the Cannes International Film Festival . On September 15, 2004, it was shown at the Toronto International Film Festival , which was followed by numerous other film festivals. On March 10, 2006, it was shown in selected cinemas in the United States, which grossed around 29,000 US dollars . In Italy , the film grossed around 133,000 euros .

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Individual evidence

  1. TV Spielfilm 6/2008, page 214
  2. Filming locations for The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, accessed August 3, 2020
  3. The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things premiere dates, accessed March 27, 2008
  4. ↑ Box office results for The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things, accessed March 27, 2008