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Sex & Nudity

  • In the prologue, a boy looks at a statue (which appears other places in the film) of a woman nude from the waist up. He fantasizes that it comes alive and beckons to him.
  • Act 1 contains two scenes involving sexual play between a man and a woman, filmed without nudity, but explicit.
  • Act 4 contains a brief view, from a distance, of a portion of a boy's bare buttocks.
  • Act 5 contains a brief view, in a dream sequence, of women's bare breasts, but the women are moving so quickly that the exposure is hardly perceptible.
  • The epilogue contains some explicit sexual touching, fully clothed.

Violence & Gore

  • Several characters suffer sickness and die in the film. There are two scenes which involve flagellation to the point of blood-letting, although in neither does the camera show the actual blows explicitly. Alexander is brutally caned by his bishop stepfather on charges of "lying about him". The evil bishop, is severely burnt in a fire, is shown, badly charred, for a moment. There are a few incidental slaps, and one very brief scuffle between two male adults, in which no one is injured.


  • English subtitles suggest that there are a number of lines of dialogue which contain words considered obscene in the Swedish language; however, this is confined to a few scenes only.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People consume alcoholic beverages and enjoy smoking cigars and pipes freely throughout. Several scenes depict men who are intoxicated by too much drink.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The story involves ghosts and supernatural occurrences, some of which may startle or frighten; there is a particularly intense scene depicting the corporal punishment of a young boy which is likely to disturb, and possibly frighten.


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Some scenes in Act 2, concerning the sudden death of Alexander's father and Emilie's grief over him are likely to be disturbing. The dead man's occasional appearances as a wraith later in the story are never frightening though; he simply appears as the good-natured, slightly melancholic man he was in life.

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