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The Widow of Saint-Pierre



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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 murderer (Emir Kusturica) is sentenced to death, but in the months before his execution the man is befriended by a captain's wife (Juliette Binoche), who just might be in love with him as well. The movie is in French with English subtitles and takes place during the 1850s on an island off Newfoundland. Also with Daniel Auteuil, Michel Duchaussoy, Philippe Magnan and Christian Charmetant. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Kissing and sexual tension. A man rubs a woman's clothed breasts and kisses the back of her neck. A man pulls down the top of a woman's undergarment and kisses her bare shoulders. We hear two people having sex behind a curtain but don't see anything. In one sex scene, however, we see a man and woman having sex on a bed and both are naked; from the side we see the two bodies together but we only see the woman's bare buttocks and the side of her bare breast.

VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man is stabbed to death; we see the knife enter the victim's gut several times and watch him fall to the ground. A horse and buggy goes out of control and crashes after the horses are hit by stones being tossed at people in the wagon; a man dies from the accident and we see blood on his forehead as he's lying in the street. A runaway produce cart with a woman on it goes out of control and almost crashes but doesn't. A man threatens another with a sabre; a man with a shovel knocks a sabre out of a man's hands. A man's head is put in a guillotine and we watch the heavy blade fall, and then we hear the blade when it chops off the man's head; we don't see the man as he is actually being beheaded -- when the blade meets the neck -- but we do hear the awful sound. A man is executed by being shot in the chest several times by several riflemen; we see blood gushing out of several bullet wounds on his white shirt. Lots of talk about the guillotine and death.

PROFANITY 3 - A few anatomical references, two mild obscenities. [profanity glossary]

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Capital punishment, mercy, love, desire, forgiveness, redemption, morality, obedience to the law, loyalty

MESSAGE - As Amnesty International says: "Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?" In simpler terms: The death penalty makes no sense.

Special Keywords: S5 - V8 - P3 - MPAAR

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