USA 2002, 140 min
The fact poses a big challenge to the film: how should a child molester be portrayed. Although what he has done is inexcusable, it becomes evident as the film progresses that it would have been a miracle if he had not ended up doing something like that.
Neglect is the keyword in Stevie’s life. His mother didn’t want him, forcing him to spend his life trying to win her love, torn between her and his step-grandmother’s internal hatred. Raised by his step-grandmother and at various foster homes and families, being abused himself, the road was paved for a criminal career, which in his case eventually led to abusing his eight-year old niece.