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Map of the Human Heart



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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

Jason Scott Lee stars as an Eskimo who ends up in the British air-force, in 1944. Patrick Bergin co-stars.

SEX/NUDITY 6 - There's one brief scene of a frontally naked boy standing in a bathtub. A couple of pictures in a medical book of female and male sexual organs. There's one scene where a couple is making love on top of a balloon, with upper body nudity and passionate groping and kissing.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - An Eskimo boy is shown eating a seal's raw heart, after killing it. There's a scuffle between a boy and a girl, with some punching and shoving. A man hacks off the arm of one of two men who are found dead and frozen in the Arctic ice. Since the arm is frozen there's no blood. There are scenes of aerial bombing, with dead, bloody soldiers and burning buildings. Two people are drowned in frigid waters.

PROFANITY 5 - 4 F-words and just a few other scatological terms used. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Lifelong love, violent death, tradition vs. modernity, racism, disease, alcoholism.

MESSAGE - Don't run from your feelings, be proud of your heritage. The world can often be a cruel place.

Special Keywords: S6 - V6 - P5 - MPAAR

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