Saturday 8 November 2014

Sex, cigarettes, Nazis.

This gave me a jolt:

From acclaimed director Pawel Pawlikowski (Last Resort, My Summer of Love) comes IDA, a moving and intimate drama about a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland who, on the verge of taking her vows, discovers a dark family secret dating from the terrible years of the Nazi occupation. 18-year old Anna (stunning newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists she first visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent … More
PG-13 (for thematic elements, some sexuality and smoking)

The reasons for the PG-13 rating? ''Thematic elements'? I guess that's the Nazis (although most children seem to learn about nothing else in school history classes). 'Some sexuality'? Fair enough, although that 'some' needs unpicking. But 'smoking'? Is that now deemed too traumatising for little chicks whose sensibilities (uncoarsened by exposure to ultra-violent video games and such nonsense) should be protected from the image of grown-ups smoking? And if so shouldn't the rating at least correspond to the age at which it's legal to buy and smoke cigarettes? Of course Ida may feature a scene in which a couple of Nazis share a post-coital cheroot . . .

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