Submission (2017) Poster


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MPAA Rated R for sexual content, nudity, and language.

Sex & Nudity

  • A man gets into the shower with his wife (they can only be seen from the shoulders up) and they kiss; sex is implied.
  • A teacher reads his female student's poetry, in which she describes herself as a phone sex worker. One poem graphically describes sexual abuse by a father figure; another begins to describe an encounter with a client before abruptly cutting off (twice). He discusses the student with one of his colleagues, who says the student implied the poetry was based on true events (this is left ambiguous).
  • In several scenes a teacher reads his female student's novel in progress, which is about a female student having an affair with an older teacher. Each time he reads a passage he envisions them with himself and the student. He caresses her from behind and they passionately kiss; he presses her against a wall and we see his partially-covered butt as he thrusts into her (her face contorts in pain and it is implied it is her first time).

Violence & Gore

  • A young woman implies that her father committed suicide out of guilt for sexually abusing her (this is later revealed to be questionable or even untrue).
  • A man is made uncomfortable when discussing his father who, it is said, set himself on fire as a form of protest.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • In a daydream, a sex worker smokes a cigarette.
  • Angela smokes a cigarette outside on campus.
  • Plenty of drinking by adults, mostly wine.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Sex & Nudity

  • A young woman accuses her (married) teacher of pressuring her into sex in exchange for helping get her novel published; the teacher argues that he thought it was consensual and completely unrelated to her work.
  • A (married) man tries to comfort a distressed younger woman when she abruptly turns and kisses him. She pushes him back onto a bed, undresses (we see her breasts) and pulls down his pants before straddling him; his erected penis are visible, they kiss and moan for a moment until something forces them to stop. She then gets up from the bed and walks around the room; we see her full rear nudity several times, as well as his partly-obscured butt when he stands to pull his pants back up.

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