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MPAA Rated R for language and some drug material

Sex & Nudity

  • An 11 year old girl is married off to a man who appears to be three times her age. She is initially willing, however, her older brother warns her against proceeding with the arrangement. She is ultimately married off to the man off-screen. There are passing moments in which adults behave inappropriately towards children, however, they reject their advances.
  • A woman while at jail and away from her baby and crying squeezes her breasts and some of her milk pours out.
  • A boy removes the clothing of a female statue so her breasts and nipples become visible.
  • Two old homosexual people are working in a park. One of them talks and acts suggestively.

Violence & Gore

  • Children are occasionally pushed, shoved, and smacked by adults. There is no dwelling on pain, impact, or injury as these shots appear to have been shot in a shaky manner. An adult character is stabbed (off-camera) by a child, sustaining non-fatal injuries. After the fact, some blood stains are visible on the child's clothing.
  • The mother beats her son up several times.


  • Contains coarse language throughout (much of which is uttered by a child), including the use of "fuck", "motherfucker", and "cocksucker". The film also contains use of milder terms, including "son of a bitch", "shit", "piss", "asshole", "crap", "slut", "whore", and "bastard". A child uses coarse language whilst entertaining an infant. The coarse language disclosed here is reflective of the subtitles in the English-language version of the film.

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Tramadol shots are produced and sold on the streets. Later, a child is seen doing the same. Men are seen consuming the drug. Also contains occasional tobacco use (including a scene in which children are smoking cigarettes). The film as a whole does not condone substance misuse.
  • Teenagers are smoking including the boy Zain.
  • Kids are smoking In the first scene

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Contains themes of child abuse, neglect, poverty, family breakdown, child marriage, drug manufacturing, and bereavement which may cause distress.
  • There is a discreet sequence in which a young boy instructs an 11 year old girl, who has just had her menarche, to put on a sanitary pad, and warns her against disclosing her pubescence lest her parents attempt to marry her off.


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

Sex & Nudity

  • It is implied an 11-year-old girl died due to complications from a pregnancy with a much older man.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • It is implied an 11-year-old girl died due to complications from a pregnancy with a much older man.

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