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.