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MPAA Rated R for some disturbing violent images

Sex & Nudity

  • There is some kissing, but there is no nudity.
  • We see a woman lying on top of a man, both fully clothed (she is reenacting something which she used to do with her husband), the two are facing one another and the camera focuses on the closeness of their faces. The scene is however non-sexual.
  • There is no male or female nudity.
  • Brief conversation revolving around a sexual encounter that happned in the past, the encounter is not described graphically.

Violence & Gore

  • A man watches a poor-resolution video of a suicide bomber.
  • A man performs a disturbing act of penance.


  • 3 uses of damn, 1 use of son of a bitch, 2 uses of shit. Both uses of shit are used by the Reverend if that offends you but story wise it make sense.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man drinks wine and other alcoholic beverages frequently.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The violence in the movie is very graphic, explicit, disturbing, and looks very real. The most graphic scene is the aftermath of a man committing suicide, half of his head is blown off, and brains and bones are shown. Many violent, graphic disturbing images throughout.
  • The entire film has a somber, disconcerting tone.


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Sex & Nudity

  • One passionate kiss
  • Passionate kissing between the two main characters, in 1 scene.

Violence & Gore

  • A man is found after he has shot himself in the head with a shotgun. The scene is gory and bloody.
  • A man pees urine with blood. The scene is brief. It is mentioned that he has blood in urine in a later scene.
  • A man wraps his upper body with barbed wire to represent Jesus Christ. Blood is seen in strips and lines around his entire upper body. Extremely graphic.
  • Extremely graphic violence. A man is seen dead in a forest; he has a shotgun blow to the head. Brains and bones are shown, and blood is splattered all over the ground. Another man wraps his body with barbed wire, lines of blood is shown around his upper body.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A man attempts to drink drain cleaner.

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