Spanish film about a group of dock workers living in industrial north Spain who
are left unemployed when the dockyard is shut down. They end up spending part
of each day drinking at a bar and talking, while each man is struggling with
issues of personal dignity and self-worth. With Javier Bardem, Luis Tosar, Jose
Angel Egido, Jose Angel Egid and Nieve De Medina. Directed by Fernando León de
Aranoa. In Spanish with English subtitles. [1:55]
SEX/NUDITY 4 - A man kisses a woman's neck and caresses her
clothed breast, a man kisses a woman's cheeks, and a man and a woman hug. A
woman puts on her bra as a man watches from bed (we see her bare back and he is
wearing underwear and a T-shirt). A man gets into bed with his wife (she's
sleeping). A woman's top opens and reveals cleavage. A woman in a bra applies
deodorant in a few scenes. Women on a television wear mini-skirts and one wears
a bikini. There is flirtation and the suggestion that there may be a sexual
relationship between a man and a teenage girl.
VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man lies dead on a ledge over a doorway (he
apparently jumped) and we see him again in a coffin. During a protest people are
hit with sticks, tear gas canisters are launched into a crowd, and men line
tires up along a road and set them on fire. A man and a woman argue and a man
yells at another man. We see people cleaning fish in a canning plant. A man
throws a rock breaking a street lamp, and a man breaks a glass pane with his
elbow. A woman spits in fish that she has cleaned in a plant. An apartment is
filthy, with garbage in bags all over.
PROFANITY 8 - 34 F-words, 4 sexual references, 15 scatological
terms, 15 anatomical terms, 13 mild obscenities, 6 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Unemployment, plant closings, friendship,
death of a friend, suicide, infidelity, dignity, God, principles, loneliness,
public assistance, desperation, depression.
MESSAGE - Without hope and dreams we cannot survive.
(Note: People drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes.)