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Death and the Maiden



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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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MPAA Rating: R

Sigourney Weaver and Ben Kingsley star in the film adaptation of the stage play: a torturer becomes the victim of his previous captive.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman's breasts are briefly seen from the side and then briefly seen from the front. A woman and her husband kiss passionately as he raises her shirt up and kisses her breast (a close-up is seen of this) and it is obvious they are ready to become more intimate. A great deal of talk about rape and sexual torture and a great deal of profane sexual terms are used (although this primarily increases the violence and profanity ratings rather then the sex rating here). A woman pulls her panties off and stuffs them into a man's mouth.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A great deal of talk about violent acts which have occurred makes the film psychologically violent. Details of torture are discussed: electrical shocks, beatings and rape. A woman threatens to kill a man several times and she pulls out a gun twice. A woman hits a man across the face and head with a gun knocking him out and resulting in a head wound that bleeds throughout the movie. A man is tied to a chair and held at gunpoint. Objects are thrown a couple times, and there is a scuffle for the gun. A car is pushed over a cliff.

PROFANITY 8 - A couple of dozen F-words, half a dozen scatological terms, a few mild obscenities and a handful of profane sexual/anatomical references. Since these words are used to describe sexual torture, the "violence" of these words is increased. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Marriage and trust in marriage, dictatorships, secret police, amnesty, political torture, rape, injustice and revenge.

MESSAGE - Nothing will ever ease the pain of the past so don't follow through on your vengeful thoughts.

Special Keywords: S5 - V8 - P8 - MPAAR

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