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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
Profanity
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: R

Sylvie Testud is a talented young clarinet player yearning to break free from deaf parents who don't seem to appreciate her passion for music. Co-starring Tatjana Trieb, Howie Seago, Emmanuelle Laborit, Sybille Canonica, Matthias Habich, Alexandra Bloz and Hansa Czypionka. In German & Sign Language, with English subtitles.

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Several kisses. In one scene, we see the bare shoulders and backs of a man and woman while they kiss in bed (it is suggested that they then have intercourse); later, we see them lying naked on their sides (the sides of their bare legs and buttocks are visible and shadows cover their torsos). We see a presumably nude but sheet-covered man and woman in bed. We see a girl's bare shoulders while she's bathing; we also see a woman's bare legs when she's in a bathtub. We see a girl in a bra and a nude woman's bare back as she walks into a lake and begins to swim.

VIOLENCE/GORE 2 - A man slaps a girl in the face and pushes a girl out a door. A man throws wine on a woman's face during an argument. A boy is dragged from a room and locked in his bedroom. We see and hear a girl urinating on a toilet.

PROFANITY 1 - One scatological reference and a few mild obscenities are seen in subtitles. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Deafness, death, dysfunctional family relationships, falling in love, envy, bitterness, fulfilling one's dreams.

MESSAGE - The gap between the hearing and the deaf world can be bridged with love and understanding.

Special Keywords: S4 - V2 - P1 - MPAAR

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