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MPAA Rated R for brief sexual content/full nudity.

Sex & Nudity

  • A scene in a man takes a skinny dip in mud that includes him being fully nude with brief genital and buttocks detail accounts for the R rating by the MPAA, M in Australia ("M-rated films and computer games are not recommended for children under the age of 15").
  • Couples kiss.
  • A bunch of men washing and playing across a river bank are shown naked. Buttocks are seen for a brief moment.

Violence & Gore

  • Scenes of explicit but obscured predatory animal behaviour where animal's skins and intestines are cut out by two men and scenes where animals are tourtured and abused by men.
  • A man castrates a bull while it is being held down. Quick shots of the sac being cut open and the testicles being squeezed out, as well as a man holding the testicles with his bare hand.
  • Two men skin a dead, decapitated cow. Its head is seen on a nearby table, and the skin is halfway down its body.
  • A rabbit is briefly seen dissected with its innards displayed.
  • A man finds a dead cow with a wound on its hindquarters. Close-up shot of the cow's skin being cut, no blood.


  • Infrequent language includes one single use of both "damn" and "bitch" - it would be PG/PG-13 if not for the graphic male nudity.
  • One use of "faggot."

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Alcohol and smoke

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Verbal and visually written references to suicide.
  • Rated: M (australia) for mature themes, mild sexual references, nudity, violence and coarse language
  • The film has a lot of tension throughout, mostly owing to certain characters' unpredictable behaviour.


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

Violence & Gore

  • A man develops a wound on his hand. Shots of it dripping blood on grass, later a shot of the hand submerged in water with blood pooling from it. The hand becomes increasingly infected with anthrax until the man dies.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A woman becomes an alcoholic and is emotionally and physically affected by its effects.

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