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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
A Price Above Rubies espouses positive messages about forging your own identity, finding where you belong, standing up for yourself, and doing the right thing, even in the face of great difficulty.
Positive Role Models
Characters are complex, troubled, and well-meaning but often ignorant of their own effect on others. Some are deeply religious but lack compassion; have high standing in the community but commit rape; claim to love their spouses but refuse to see them as individuals; and struggle to be good and faithful to God while ignoring their own families. These are realistic portraits that show the good and bad in people, often simultaneously, while also showing that good people can become corrupted and that seemingly forgettable people have dreams and wishes and passions that may not always be obvious.
Violence & Scariness
The film contains a handful of instances of intercourse under duress. There is no nudity during these acts, though the male character initiates and forces the sex nonviolently through manipulation and intimidation. A boy is presumed to have drowned and is shown walking into the woods to swim, later appearing as a ghost throughout the film. A baby is shown appearing to get a circumcision and crying, and the sound of cutting is heard but not shown.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
The film contains multiple scenes of intercourse under duress. No nudity, but clear coercion and manipulation that are difficult to watch. In another scene, a husband and wife have perfunctory intercourse, then argue about what he's thinking while having sex with her. A woman is shown naked from the back, bathing. A woman is shown breastfeeding an infant, with her shoulder and breast exposed. A naked woman and man undressed to underwear to lounge for a portrait. A few instances of passionate kissing. A man and woman lie in bed as if to show the morning after intercourse.
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Profanity throughout, including a few instances of "f--k," as well as "bulls--t," "fat ass," and "going to hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drinks wine at dinner; a man drinks a beer outside.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that A Price Above Rubies is a movie about an Orthodox Jewish woman's awakening that involves a few scenes of forced intercourse through manipulation and coercion, a scene of intercourse between a man and his wife, some use of "f--k," profanity throughout, and mature themes about relationships, sexuality, and love. Although it's an interesting film about a niche community not often covered and explores interesting questions about religious faith and the role of passion within it, it's not meant for or suitable for kids. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A Price Above Rubies is an interesting film about a niche community we don't often see -- Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. It offers a glimpse into the everyday experiences of their lives, struggles, and relationships, as told through a woman who sees it as an outsider. The characters are complex and interesting as they struggle to do their version of good and reconcile it against their passions, all within a community that values masculine intelligence and female obedience and imposes narrow, restrictive ideals about faith and goodness. There's a bit of a mafia-like sensibility to the way the culture is portrayed, but at the center of the story is a worthwhile question about whether women can ever have true agency and autonomy when so much is demanded of them as wives and mothers first. It's well-acted, if a bit heavy-handed, and raises some fascinating questions about art, faith, and passion. But the forced intercourse, intimidation, exploration of sexuality and autonomy here are much too mature for kids.
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