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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages people to consider jobs they're passionate about and that make a difference and educate others. Rebecca's story also makes it clear that if you're truly gifted at something, you shouldn't have to give it up -- and that the first world needs to know what's happening in third-world and war-torn countries.
Positive Role Models
Rebecca is a complicated character; while she's certainly an accomplished photographer, it's difficult to say whether she's a positive role model. She's brave, but she's clearly more focused on her mission to photograph the injustices of the world than to be home with her family. Marcus is a wonderful father, but he's not willing to support his wife's decisions. Steph takes a very mature stance on her mother's assignments.
Violence & Scariness
Rebecca photographs a female suicide bomber's day before she sets off an explosion, killing herself and bystanders. The explosion seriously injures Rebecca, who feels complicit in the bombing because she drew attention to her. Rebecca is hospitalized but released. When Rebecca and her daughter Steph go to Kenya, the refugee camp they're visiting is overrun by armed men who open fire on the camp. Rebecca continues to photograph the female suicide bombers and, to her horror, realizes they've chosen a young girl to sacrifice for the cause.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Rebecca and her husband kiss and make love; they're shown kissing on the bed, with him shirtless on top of her.
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Occasional but not frequent language includes "s--t," "shut up," and hurtful things like "It would have been better if you'd died."
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Products & Purchases
Land Rover, Volkswagen, Canon cameras, Apple computer.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink at home, during meals.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that 1,000 Times Good Night is a serious drama starring Juliette Binoche as a war photographer whose husband wants her to choose between her family and her dangerous occupation. Loosely based on Norwegian director Erik Poppe's own experiences as a press photographer, the movie does highlight global violence -- female suicide bombers prepare for their mission and detonate themselves to cause collateral damage; an armed Sudanese henchman goes on a killing spree at a Kenyan refugee camp -- but none of the main characters die (although one is injured). There's a brief scene of marital lovemaking and some strong language between adults, but it's the mature themes and difficult subject matter that make this family drama best left for high-school-aged viewers and adults. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Binoche's beautifully subtle performance as a complicated woman is the foremost reason to see this film. Specifically, the sequences in which Rebecca is on assignment in Afghanistan and in Kenya are the best in the movie; she mesmerizes viewers as she captures others' unthinkable circumstances. The opening and closing moments in particular are gorgeously shot, even as what they're depicting is utterly horrifying. Wordlessly and with just a Canon DSLR as a prop, Binoche explores the depths of what an adrenaline-fueled journalist on a mission must feel when he or she has gotten the chance to record history.
But the movie isn't just about Rebecca's job; it's also about her life back home, where she doesn't quite fit in to the idyllic surroundings. Sure, she has a gorgeous, attentive husband; two lovely daughters (one broodily pubescent, the other still young enough to care only about what presents Mum has brought home from her exotic travels); and the kind of stone country home featured on Ireland tourism sites, but Rebecca isn't made to chaperone field trips or make meals. She tries, for her husband's sake, to be fulfilled with a quieter, domestic life, but as her best friends, Tom (U2 drummer Larry Mullen, Jr.) and Theresa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), know about her, she's got a gift and she needs to use it. Young Canny does a wonderful job as possibly the only character who truly changes and grows over the course of the film, but the family melodrama isn't nearly as captivating as Rebecca's unquenchable need to be out in the field.
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