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MPAA Rated R for a chilling murder and some sexuality

Sex & Nudity

  • Two girls run through the woods and strip down to their bras and panties. At the end of the scene they innocently kiss.
  • A sex scene between a teenage girl and an older man. We only see them from the neck up, however there is graphic thrusting depicted. In the original New Zealand distribution, the girl was briefly seen topless arising from bed. That has been excised from later versions.
  • The two main characters bathe together, their breasts can be seen beneath the cloudy water.
  • A brief love scene between the two young girls pretending to be the characters of their stories. The "clay people" are seen thrusting each other. But they're still in their clay clothes. It is fairly mild, and we see nothing but their chests. The actual breasts are not visible.
  • There are several scenes suggesting the girls have lesbian tendencies if not an actual lesbian relationship.

Violence & Gore

  • A woman slaps his daughter.
  • A clay person stabs another clay person and drags the sword all the way up as we that clay person slipt in half. This is not graphic.
  • A girl coughs up blood as we see the blood on a paper.
  • A man gets pulled away by clay people. We see him get dragged on the floor. They put his head on a stone and we see the axe coming down which means he is decapitated. The entire scene is a dream sequence.


  • Mild; Bloody, bugger, damn, ect.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Drugs: None
  • Characters drink some alcohol.
  • Some cigarette smoking.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The murder scene can be graphically unsettling and disturbing to many viewers.


The Parents Guide items below may give away important plot points.

Violence & Gore

  • The two main girls kill one of the girl's mother by hitting her with a rock inside a stocking. She is hit moderately which she shakes, falls down and a close-up shot of blood seen on her face. Some hits are cut to a different setting in which represents the two main girls being separated. This is the one and only most severe moment in the entire film.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • TW: Sexual coercion. Dissociation. Pauline (age 14) climbs into a man's bedroom window. Next scene, he is on top of her. She lays there, dissociating from what's happening. Eyes closed, she is lost in her mind. Only when he is 'finished' does she open her eyes. She has tears coming down her cheeks.

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