The Red Violin

 
 

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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

A montage of stories tracing a 17th-century violin as it travels from the hands of its Italian maker to several different owners and countries. With Samuel L. Jackson, Don McKellar, Carlo Cecchi, Irene Grazioli, Jean-Luc Bideau, Christoph Koncz, Jason Flemyng, Greta Scacchi, Sylvia Chang, Liu Zifeng, Colm Feore and Monique Mercure. [2:11]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A passionate kiss, after which we hear but don't see a couple having intercourse. A woman removes her nightgown (her bare backside and breast are briefly visible) and licks a man's neck, kisses his bare stomach and puts her hand down the front of his pants; we then see them lying together, nude but strategically positioned so that we don't see their genitalia or her breasts. We briefly see a nude man and woman straddling each other (her bare breasts and his entire front, except for his genitalia, are visible. A nude man lying in bed strokes a violin that's covering his crotch. We see a pregnant woman's bare belly, a man wearing an open robe, a shirtless man and a man in a bathtub.

VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - We see a dead woman lying on a bed, a dead man slumped in a chair and a partial view of a corpse in an open casket (none of the bodies are gory or decomposing); also, a boy faints and dies. A man slits a dead woman's wrist and squeezes some blood into a bowl (a stream of blood is seen on her hand). A woman threatens a man and woman with a gun, then shoots a violin out of his hands. Soldiers break down a woman's apartment door, look through her things and break some music records.

PROFANITY 3 - A couple of anatomical references (one is clinical), a few mild obscenities and a few insults. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Betrayal, music, obsession, theft, orphanage, art auctions

MESSAGE - When obsessed, honesty doesn't seem like such a good policy.

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