Dominic Matei (Tim Roth) is an aging professor during WWII who suffers a lightning strike and a reversal of the aging process. With the help of his physician (Bruno Ganz), and the interference of Nazi experimenters, he readjusts to life and works to complete his textbook on the origin of human language. Also with Alexandra Maria Lara, André M. Hennicke, Marcel Iures, Alexandra Pirici, Adrian Pintea, Florin Piersic Jr., Zoltan Butuc, Mirela Oprisor, Adriana Titieni, Anamaria Marinca, Andrei Vasluianu, Mihai Niculescu, Mircea Albulescu and Rudy Rosenfeld. Directed by Francis Ford Coppola. [2:04]
SEX/NUDITY 6 - In a bedroom scene, a woman removes her robe to reveal a black bra (cleavage is revealed), black panties, garters, stockings and pumps, she sits on the bed, removes her shoes, a man wearing pajamas walks to the side of the bed, and we later see a close-up of her bare breasts, while she is lying on the bed with her knees bent upward; we then see the man kissing her thighs and genital area (nothing is visible) and the scene ends.
► We see a man lying in bed dressed only in knee-length white shorts, and the back of a woman as she sits astride his stomach (she is wearing white panties, garters and stockings that reveal her bare back and upper thighs) and the scene ends. A young woman is shown in bed several times, in a full-length gown, revealing bare arms and a bit of cleavage when she leans toward the camera; she's lying side by side with a young man wearing pajamas (they are never shown having sex). A young man is shown nude, face down in a bathtub (his bare back, buttocks and legs are visible). A young man lies nude on a bed, a towel covering his groin and is beside a horizontal full-length mirror showing his reflection.
► A young man and a young woman kiss twice.
► A nurse tells a young male patient that he may ask her out to a movie; she then walks behind him, presses against his back, giggles and walks away.
► Six nurses turn a 70-year-old semiconscious male patient over in bed; one looks at his groin, giggles and says that his body is fighting his age (we do not see what she is looking at, but sexual arousal is implied).
VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man walks into a street, raises his umbrella, and is stuck by lightning: he rises into the air, falls to the ground in a glowing heat ball, his umbrella lies burning in the street, and he lies on the pavement with his entire face bloodied and red-blotched and his eyes look glazed. A young woman standing on a hill is struck by lightning when she raises her umbrella in the rain; a friend of hers is found lying dead outside a car (we see no blood or injury), patches of leaves are burning several yards away from the body, and the young woman is found huddled in a shallow cave, chanting in Sanskrit, with a small amount of blood on one index finger. A man covers his mouth with one hand, runs outside into the street, vomits substantial amounts of blood, and then runs away.
► A man uses a magic power to turn a gun, point it into a man's mouth and fire it; we see the muzzle of the gun in the mouth, we hear the shot and see only the shadow as the man collapses and dies.
► Several people discuss kidnapping a young man, one holds a gun on another man, and a woman steps in front of the gun and is shot and killed (no blood is shown).
► In several hospital scenes, a man lies completely wrapped in gauze, except for his bloody fingers; the man is then uncovered up to the knees, his arms are bare and bloody, and some areas of his chest are bare and covered in scars and blood.
► A scene in a Nazi experiment warehouse shows the silhouette of an immobile horse hanging in a sling and being raised; we see the silhouette and then the actual horse being struck by an electrical current (the horse appears dead).
► A young man partially in bandages sits up in a hospital bed, screams that he is not mute and spits out several teeth (there's no blood).
► In three dream sequences, a humanoid demon chases a young woman; a young man reads her thoughts (a light glows from his face and hands) and tells her that the demon is Shiva, the Hindu Creator and Destroyer.
► An elderly man tosses and turns in bed, and we see him in his pajamas walking down a street and talking to himself in despair. A young man is shown talking in his sleep several times, tossing and turning in bed and dreaming of a skull. Two women light candles for the dead at a street kiosk.
► The entrance of a cave is blown open with explosives, the skeleton of a young woman is found and a young man picks up the skull and examines it.
► A young woman wakes up when there's a full moon and speaks in progressively older languages and ends up screaming and writhing violently on the floor. A woman is placed in a medically induced coma. A young man gives a woman an injection in the hip. A young woman looks into a mirror, sees the face of an older woman, and screams.
A young man's reflection in a full-length mirror talks to him, saying that atomic war is necessary to mutate the human race into perfection, the young man smashes the mirror with a chair, the reflection gasps, breathes heavily, slides down the inside of the broken mirror and disappears. A young man in a hospital looks in a mirror and sees himself as an elderly man; the elderly version tells him he in danger and that the Nazis want to kidnap him and use him for experiments to creating a super race. A young woman and young man argue briefly after she breaks their engagement.
► The film begins with loud, ominous music, the sound of heavy breathing and gasping and images of a skull appear three times on a hazy background of dark colors. We see several close-ups of headlines about WWII progressing in Europe, and Germany and Italy declaring war on the U.S. and there are additional headlines about Hiroshima and other Japanese cities, and a close-up of a mushroom cloud.
PROFANITY 1 - 1 instance of name-calling, 1 religious exclamation. [profanity glossary]
SUBSTANCE USE - In a café scene a man pours five shots of vodka, and in two restaurant scenes diners sip wine. In several scenes, a young man smokes and blows smoke rings, sometimes into the face of another young man, and young women smoke cigarettes in a couple of scenes.
DISCUSSION TOPICS - Aging, human experiments, science fiction, mysticism, reincarnation and channeling, WWII, war crimes, the atom bomb, Nazism, Nazi symbols, world religions, patients' rights, lighting strikes, fire burn injuries, communication, death, loss, grief, love, possibilities.
MESSAGE - Time and history are sometimes unexplainable and uncontrollable.