A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Explores ideas of spirituality and eternal life in a universal rather than dogmatic sense.
Positive Role Models
No real positive role models.
Violence & Scariness
Two young girls are bullied, chased out of their school by classmates while being called "witches." An angry mob throws rocks through the windows of the house where these two girls live. Characters commit suicide by jumping off a bridge into the river below.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alcohol drink in a study; wine drinking at dinner. No intoxication.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Kardec is a 2019 Brazilian drama in which a 19th century Parisian educator becomes a leading figure in the "Spiritism" movement. Expect some violence, including scenes in which characters commit suicide by jumping off a bridge into the below them. Two young girls with psychic abilities are bullied and chased out of their school by their classmates while being taunted as "witches." An angry mob arrives at the home where these two girls live, and throw rocks at their windows. Some drinking. Based on a true story, the movie addresses spiritual beliefs about the afterlife and the universe that put them in direct conflict with the teachings of the Catholic Church. That said, devout Catholics may take issue with the Catholic Church being presented in the movie in a negative light. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This movie is a somewhat fascinating exploration of the theme of spirituality versus dogma. Based on a true story, Kardec follows the trials and tribulations of a professor skeptical of paranormal activity who becomes the leading proponent of "Spiritism" while finding a beautiful message concerning the past, present, future, life, death, and the afterlife that seems to contradict everything the dominant Catholic Church espouses. The acting is very good, and the costumes and sets capture a sense of mid-19th century Paris at a time when Europe was in economic, political, and religious upheaval.
Where Kardec falls short is in the story itself. Quite a few storylines dead-end or simply fizzle out. For instance, throughout the movie, two shady looking men seem to be following Kardec wherever he goes, but any potential conflict in this situation ends up as something else entirely. Some of the movies' themes don't really get the time they need, but are simply addressed in passing, or shoehorned into a Kardec diatribe before moving on to the next theme. It bogs down what might have otherwise been an excellent movie. Instead, Kardec is good, but not great, and interesting, but inconsistently so.
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