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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Friends and family are there for you in difficult times. If at first you don't succeed, try again. People can change and can overcome even seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Celebrate small victories. Grieving takes time.
Positive Role Models
Sole shows a lot of personal courage in confronting her many fears, and her friends and family show her kindness and support in helping her complete a list of firsts. They also learn from her how to confront their own fears.
Set in Italy and filmed in Italian. One character has generalized anxiety disorder, another has alopecia. Two characters are Black. One character is bisexual.
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Violence & Scariness
A beloved friend dies in a car crash; a scene shows how sad her loved ones were at her funeral. A woman experiences debilitating anxiety that limits her life; during moments of anxiety or panic, she says she has trouble breathing or feels like she might throw up. She also imagines people bullying her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Adults kiss and discuss looking "sexy" and their previous experience in relationships. A woman suggests locals think she's a "spinster" because she's not married with kids at 25.
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"D--k," "crap," "stupid," and "oh my God" in the English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol, and one character gets drunk at a party.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jumping from High Places is an Italian romantic drama based on a novel about a young woman with severe anxiety. When her best friend, who had always been her safety net and comfort, dies, she has to push past her usual boundaries to keep on living. The loss of a best friend and the main character's own challenges, including panic attacks, negative self-talk, therapy, and an inability to do things other people her age do, are mature themes. Language in the English subtitles is minimal ("d--k" and "crap" are each used once), and despite crushes and general conversations about sexual experience, there are only a couple of mild kissing scenes. Adults drink and sometimes get drunk. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Location, location, location is perhaps this film's biggest appeal, set in gorgeous Puglia on the azure coast of southern Italy. The pleasant, sunbaked setting provides a stark contrast to the inner turmoil of Jumping from High Places' main character, Sole. Federica Torchetti gives a credible performance as a 20-something held back by anxieties, despite a loving family, a strong community, two possible suitors, and an attentive therapist. With the camera constantly on her, and a now-trendy breaking of the fourth wall, Torchetti does create complicity with viewers and offers an endearing performance reminiscent of a young Audrey Tatou.
But Sole is no Amélie, and Jumping lacks the kind of whimsy and charm that made that earlier French film about a comparable misfit so beloved. The story unfolds pleasantly but mostly predictably. It moves slowly, and Sole's hesitancy to move forward in her life could frustrate viewers with no sympathy for or familiarity with struggles like hers. One panic attack is memorably visualized with the camera circling and circling around her, then pulling away slowly as a crowd fills in the foreground and she remains stuck in the same spot. Sole's complicit looks at the camera are repetitive, but the lovely and lovable Torchetti pulls them off. Those who can relate or empathize will find truth in Sole's tale, and in the way she draws people to her and teaches them about the everyday courage of facing one's fears. And if not, you can always just bask in the beauty of the setting.
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