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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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Sex & Nudity
Violence & Gore
1 to 10

MPAA Rating: PG-13

A young Irish woman (Polly Walker) travels to Spain during the country's Civil War to be a governess for a wealthy family. Also with Frances McDormand, Vincent Perez, Franco Nero, Marisa Paredes, Penelope Cruz, Ruth McCabe, Ariadna Gil, Britta Smith, Anita Reeves, Veronica Duffy, Rossy de Palma, Francisco Rabal, Jorge De Juan and Leire Berrocal. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A few kisses and near kisses; one is passionate. A man touches a woman's hair and cheek, then they embrace. A man touches two young girls' cheeks and necks, and it's implied that he's been molesting them. A woman confesses her attraction to another. We see some cleavage-revealing dresses.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is surrounded by soldiers on horses and his stomach is slashed (we see blood on his shirt and later see the bloody gash as he's being cared for). We see police surrounding a man who's standing spread-eagle against a wall. During a bullfight it's implied a man is gored (he's lying on the ground and a bull with a bloody horn is standing above him), many men stick arrows into bulls' necks and a blood-soaked bull is stabbed with a long skewer. During a riot scene, we hear lots of explosions and gunshots and see soldiers hitting people with sticks, throwing them to the ground, pulling them off their horses and threatening them with guns; later, we see lots of dead, bloody, shirtless men lying on the ground. A dead man with bruises on his face and a bloody knife lying on his side is left at someone's front door. A man commits suicide in front of his family by impaling himself (we see a bloody spot on the back of his robe).

PROFANITY 1 - One mild obscenity. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - The Spanish Civil War, politics, courage, idealism, infidelity, desire, suicide, corrupt priests.

MESSAGE - Opening yourself to new experiences can be enlightening and unforgettable, but also painful; the best choice is sometimes the most agonizing one.

Special Keywords: S3 - V4 - P1 - MPAAPG-13

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