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Sex & Nudity

  • A man and a woman have an illicit quickie in a bathroom. The camera remains focused on their faces in medium close-up throughout, revealing no nudity, but the scene plays out in real-time (lasting approximately 60 seconds), heightening the sense of intimacy/immediacy.

Violence & Gore

  • In one scene a woman, under mounting stress and implicitly dealing with mental illness, snaps at her children and pushes one against a wall. The child is seen to be confused and upset - as is the mother herself, moments later.
  • The film depicts no violence on-screen, however, it's eight chapters are connected by implicit themes of domestic violence and child abuse.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • People are seen drunk and drinking alcohol. These scenes are brief and do not "glamorize" or "normalize" such behavior.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • WARU does not show any violence on-screen, but it's central theme of child abuse makes for some emotionally-wrenching material. There are several scenes set around a dead boy's tangi (funeral), which show his relatives in the throes of grief and blaming one another for his death, which some viewers may find intense or upsetting.


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Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • A young woman returns home after a night's partying and, still heavily intoxicated, staggers around trying to gain access to her property. It is revealed that she has left a baby, alone and unsupervised, inside the house. She injures herself while breaking in and is seen passing out on the floor.

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