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Since the beliefs that parents want to instill in their children can vary greatly, we ask that, instead of adding your personal opinions about what is right or wrong in a film, you use this feature to help parents make informed viewing decisions by describing the facts of relevant scenes in the title for each one of the different categories: Sex and Nudity, Violence and Gore, Profanity, Alcohol/Drugs/Smoking, and Frightening/Intense Scenes.
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There is a scene where a pornographer brings in pictures he took with naked women. They are bare breasted, some of them touch their private parts. Pictures are very brief but graphic detail can be seen. (0:20:28-34)

Photos of a naked couple kissing, usually from the shoulders up, but all nudity is carefully obscured. (50:17-32, 51:8-12, 56:25-28)

There is one case of adultery.

Reference to anal sex. (~1:03:45)

Sy forces a couple to strip naked on a bed and perform lewd sexual acts on each other. The couple cry and protest but Sy has a knife and forces them. Sexual acts are just off-screen but graphic nudity of both sexes are shown including female breasts, pubic region of male and female and male and female buttocks. (1:13:06+)

When Sy reveals the reasons for his actions at the end of the movie, it is implied that he was sexually abused and photographed by his father as a child.


Sy's eyes spill out blood at one point during a distorted dream sequence in the movie.

He also threatens a man and woman with a knife.


Occasional strong language including 12 uses of the word "fuck".


Smoking and alchohol consumption are seen during the course of the film, but with no real focus.


Thematic elements create a disturbing tone for the film. In particular, Sy is a lonely man who forms an unhealthy obsession with a family whose photos he develops.

One of the walls in Sy's apartment is filled entirely with pictures of one family from over the years. The husband's face is scratched out of all the pictures, while the mother and son's images remain intact. The police discover this at the end of the film.

Not really frightning, but a bit intense is when Sy explains the reasons for his actions to the detective. His father forced him to take pornographic pictures as a child in degrading sexual ways. There are no pictures shown, however.

The distorted dream sequence where Sy bleeds out of his eyes is particularly scary and comes out of nowhere.

The scene where Sy threatens the couple with the knife and forces them to pose in sexual ways is very intense.

Overall: 29/50

This movie is quite disturbing, creepy, and sad.

Due to the disturbing nature of the film, it is suitable for 16+ only.

Contains some strong nudity, violence, moderate language and a unsettling theme.

Rated R for sexual content and language
Argentina:13 / Australia:M / Brazil:14 / Canada:14A / Finland:K-11/9 / Finland:K-12/9 (2012 reform re-rating) / France:Tous publics / Germany:12 (f) / Iceland:16 / Ireland:18 / Netherlands:12 / New Zealand:M / Norway:15 / Peru:14 / Philippines:R-18 / Portugal:M/12 / Singapore:M18 (re-rating) / South Korea:15 / Spain:18 / Sweden:15 / Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) / Switzerland:16 (canton of Vaud) / Switzerland:12 (canton of the Grisons) / UK:15 / USA:R (certificate #38597)

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