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Clouds of Sils Maria [2015] [R] - 6.3.7



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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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An actress (Juliette Binoche) struggles with aging and insecurity when she is asked to take on a role in a film that continues the story of an older film that started her career. Also with Kristen Stewart, Chloë Grace Moretz, Lars Eidinger, Johnny Flynn, Angela Winkler, Hanns Zischler, Nora von Waldstätten, Brady Corbet, Aljoscha Stadelmann and Claire Tran. Directed by Olivier Assayas. [2:04]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A young woman takes off her clothes and we see her wearing a bra and boy shorts (cleavage, bare back, abdomen and legs are shown) and a woman removes her clothes (we see her fully nude with bare breasts, pubic region, abdomen, back, buttocks and legs visible) before they jump into a lake.
 A woman wears a low-cut dress that reveals cleavage, bare shoulders and back. Two young women wear short dresses that reveal bare legs to the upper thighs. A woman wears a deeply cut dress that reveals deep cleavage. A woman wears a low-cut T-shirt that reveals cleavage. A young woman wears a T-shirt that reveals her bare abdomen.
 A woman tries to seduce another woman. Two women hug and seem awkward.
 A woman says to another woman, "He raped you," the second woman says, "No he didn't rape me," and there is a conversation about the woman having had sex with a director. People describe the plot of a movie and that it involves a woman falling in love with a younger woman who does not return the affection. Two women talk about relationships. A woman says of a man that, "We had an affair." A comment is made about a woman cheating on a man. A young woman says, "I like him."

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see a dead body on a snow-covered mountain side as it is covered up and put on a stretcher. We see a scene where two aliens fight and one shocks the other with an electrical beam causing her to fall back and then one alien zaps the other and she shatters into pieces.
 A woman backs into a car and we hear a crunch and see the license plate of the car hanging off. We see a video of a young woman throwing something at a car and yelling. A woman yells and throws things off a table. A woman burns notebooks that belonged to her dead husband.
 Two women argue (they're characters in a movie). A comment is made about a man that, "He hits women." People talk about how a man died from a heart attack. A woman tells another woman, "Wilhelm has died." The plot of a movie involves a woman's suicide. We hear that a woman died in a car accident. We hear about someone, "shooting up a place." A character says, "I'd rather die slowly of food poisoning." We hear that a woman attempted suicide by slitting her wrists and that she was found in a pool of her own blood.
 A woman vomits and we see goo and hear her retching. A woman spits out a sip of beer.

PROFANITY 7 - About 24 F-words and its derivatives (1 mouthed), 2 obscene hand gestures, 6 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (creep, perverse, violent, trashy, kinda dumb, bimbos, lousy, destructive, scheming girl, Hollywood trash, self-destructive, crazy girl, stupid and blind, snob, home-wrecker, nasty, wreck), 4 religious exclamations (e.g. For God's Sake, Jesus Christ, Oh My God). [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - Glasses containing alcohol are handed to two women, people drink alcohol at a dinner and after the meal, and two women drink wine. A man and a woman smoke cigarettes, a woman smokes cigarettes in several scenes, and a young woman smokes cigarettes in many scenes.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Actors, success, aging actors, divorce, death of a loved one, grief, illness, suicide, homosexuality, freedom, infidelity, DUI, pity, aging, success, self-confidence, behavior, desire, treason, desire, disdain, jealousy, relationships, hate, acting, passage of time, subjectivity, memories.

MESSAGE - We are the sum total of our experiences.

Special Keywords: S6 - V3 - P7 - MPAAR

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