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Rust and Bone [2012] [R] - 8.6.6



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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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A single father (Matthias Schoenaerts) leaves his home and moves in with his sister and her husband, to provide a new life for his son. Lacking as a father, he grows close to a killer whale trainer (Marion Cotillard) after a tragic accident. Also with Armand Verdure and Celine Sallette. Directed by Jacques Audiard. In French with English subtitles. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - We see a man, post-coital, asleep in bed and we then see the man lift up a woman (a double leg amputee) from the ground (the man's genitals are visible) and carry her and place her on the toilet (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details); the woman's genital area is visible while on the toilet and we then see the woman fully nude (the side of her bare breasts and the profile of her bare buttocks are visible) on top of the man when the man asks the woman if she would like to have sex again and the woman agrees and sex is implied (we hear sexual moaning). A woman undresses and climbs into bed (no nudity is visible) as she calls for a man, who takes off his shirt and pants and they kiss; the man grabs the woman's thighs (she is a double leg amputee) and they have sex; we hear the man and woman panting sexually and see the man's bare buttocks above the woman as he thrusts. A man and a woman have sex while standing up in a hallway and the woman moans sexually while the man is seen thrusting (we briefly see the woman's bare breasts); the man hushes the woman's moans, but she kisses his face as a phone call momentarily distracts him. We see a man and a woman having sex (no nudity is visible) with the man thrusting above the woman and we hear them panting. We see a woman on top of a man when the man grabs the woman's thighs (she is a double leg amputee) and they moan sexually (no nudity is visible). We see a man and a woman having sex with both actively thrusting; they both pant sexually and we see the woman's bare breasts as they continue to have sex, despite being interrupted by the man taking a phone call.
 A woman sunbathes topless and a man looks at the woman's bare breasts. A woman pulls off her pants (we see her underwear) and a man lowers her into the ocean (her shirt clings to her chest and we see the outline of her breasts); the woman then pulls off her shirt and we see her bare breasts under the water. We see a woman pull on a wetsuit over a full-coverage bikini top. We see a young boy have his clothing pulled off by his father (his bare back and chest are visible), before the man sprays him with water. We see a shirtless man on multiple occasions, including as he swims at the beach. Men are seen shirtless as they box and practice boxing.
 A man leans in to kiss a woman and the woman pulls away. Men and women dance together at a club and some women lift their skirts slightly as they dance. A man watches a classroom of women practice aerobics.
 A man crudely asks a woman if she would like to have sex. A woman crudely asks a man if he regularly has sex with "friends." A woman asks a man if he picks up women just to have sex with them and the man implies that he is in a sexually active relationship; the man then asks the woman if she has had many sexual relationships and the woman tells him that she had only been with a few men. A man asks a woman if she comes to a club to pick up men or to dance, and he then tells the woman that he thinks she dresses like a prostitute.

VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A female killer whale trainer shouts at another woman to be careful as a large whale crashes into a performance stage, we see the whale go underwater and see a portion of the stage and the woman enter the water (blood is seen coming from the woman); an ambulance races down the street and we learn that the woman had survived (we see her recovering in a hospital room) but later the woman is seen dragging herself from the hospital bed (she has no legs and her thighs are wrapped in gauze) as she cries and asks what had happened to her legs.
 A boy falls into a frozen lake and we see him slide under the ice when his father finds him, floating in the water under a sheet of ice; the man repeatedly beats the ice until it breaks (we see blood smearing the ice), lifts the boy from the freezing water and it appears that the boy is dead as the man carries him but we later see the boy in the hospital, alive but sleeping and we hear the man telling a woman over the phone that the boy had been dead for three hours and was in a coma (we later see the boy fully recovered and we also see the father's bloody knuckles).
 We see large scars on a woman's leg when she has her bandages changed from a double leg amputation and we learn through a flashback that a whale had bitten off the woman's legs as she floated in the water with chunks of fish.
 A woman shouts at a man and throws a drink in his face, then takes the glass and uses it to cut the man's face; the woman is pulled away by a bouncer and the man is shown with bloody cuts on his face.
 A woman slaps her brother, he shoves a table out of the way and stands up to threaten his sister until another man comes from behind, with a rifle drawn and aimed at the man's neck and he slowly leaves the room.
 We see two male club bouncers break up a fight between a man and a woman; the man resists being pulled away from the woman, he punches a window (we hear the glass shatter), we hear the woman gasping and see her on the ground when a male bouncer comes to her aid and we see she has a bloody nose and is obviously intoxicated (we see blood on the woman's hands and a stream of blood down from her face and onto her chest).
 We see several men fighting in a backyard wrestling/boxing match: A man punches another man so hard that blood sprays from his mouth and he falls to the ground while the other man cheers as the man on the ground appears unconscious; two men fight one another as several other men watch and cheer while the men punch and violently kick each other until one of the men is knocked to the ground (the other man walks away unharmed); other men begin to fight and we see them wresting on the ground; a series of men are seen fighting including one man punching another man so hard that he falls to the ground and blood is shown coming from his head; another man is thrown to the ground with a punch and blood pours from his nose.
 We see another series of fights between men and a man spits out a mouthful of blood and pulls out a tooth: we see men being knocked to the ground by a man, a man takes multiple men out with one strike, punching and pinning a man to the ground (his nose and mouth are bloody) and he picks up and drops a man to the ground repeatedly; the man on the ground gets a second wind and it is implied that he comes back and wins the fight.
 A man shouts at his son and drags him out of a doghouse, pounding on the top of the doghouse with his fists; the man roughly pulls off his son's clothing and sprays him with a hose (no nudity is visible, the boy is wearing brief-style underwear) while shouting at the boy to stop crying. A man shouts at another man over the phone, a woman comes in and shouts at the man for allowing his son to go outside and the boy shouts and cries; the man lifts him up and shakes him, and then throws him on a sofa and a woman (the boy's aunt) comforts the boy and shouts at the man, sending him away. A man shouts at a woman, threatening her with a "blow to the head" for taking his photograph until another man grabs him and pulls him away. We hear a woman's voice shouting at a man for running an engine loudly.
 A man kicks a guard dog and shouts at it. Two men push their way through a crowd of people and we hear men shouting in the background as two men break down video cameras. A man practices boxing, punching his opponent's hands violently.
 Two men watch a fight on television and we see the fighters punching and striking one another. A man watches a violent boxing match with his son on his lap and we see the two men hitting one another rapidly. We see a bouncer clench his fist in pain, from punching another man who was fighting. A man pickpockets a camera from a store and runs into the street as his young son watches.
 A woman recovering from a double amputation grabs a scalpel next to her hospital bed (implying she was thinking about injuring or killing herself with the scalpel) until a nurse pulls it from her hand and tries to comfort her.
 A woman asks a boy if he finds her prosthetic legs scary and asks the boy if he would like to see her amputation and prosthetics; the boy says yes and we see him touching the woman's prosthetic legs.
 A woman asks a man (her brother), if he had beaten his son lately, the man responds that the boy has not been beaten lately and he is still alive. A man asks another man if he likes to fight and if he is qualified to fight. A man tells a woman that he wants to participate in Muay Thai boxing, saying that it is very violent and that people "finish each other"; the woman asks the man if he is willing to put his health at risk for 500 euros. A woman tells another woman that her brother had threatened to hit her when she took a photograph of him.
 We hear the sound of urination as a man's back is turned (no nudity or urination is seen). A man places a woman on a toilet (please see the Sex/Nudity category for more details); we hear the brief sound of urination and a man laughs as he watches her.
 A woman in a wheelchair rolls rapidly through a doorway and a man grabs her before she hits a small cement planter.

PROFANITY 6 - About 11 F-words, 4 sexual references, 11 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 8 mild obscenities, name- calling (barbarians, idiot, static, stupid beast, nuts, filthy), 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A man tells his sister that a mutual friend smuggled drugs into a country, and a man asks another man in an interview if he drinks or smokes or does drugs and the man denies doing any of them. We see men and women with drinks in their hands at a dance club and one woman drinks rapidly. A man rolls a cigarette and smokes it and we see the man smoking on two other occasions, and a woman smokes a cigarette.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Death of a loved on, amputation, corporal punishment, child abuse, disability, overcoming tragedy, backyard fighting, personal growth, fidelity in a relationship, father-son relationships, anger management, coping, forgiveness.

MESSAGE - Life changing injuries and accidents can impact everyone around you.

Special Keywords: S8 - V6 - P6 - MPAAR

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