A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
True love can sometimes conquer adversity. Love is a sickness but the beloved is the remedy. Love doesn't need to be forgiven.
Positive Role Models
Layla is a loyal and dutiful daughter who struggles to keep a promise she made. Samir is a patient suitor, kind, generous, poetic, and brave.
Violence & Scariness
A drowned body is washed up on a beach. A girl threatens suicide. A man walks into the desert when he loses the woman he loves. A man locks his niece in his home to keep her from visiting her boyfriend. A gang beats up two people. A gunshot leads to death. The gang members tie two people together and throw them off a bridge.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Layla Majnun is a dramatic romance in Indonesian and Azerbaijani (with English subtitles) about finding true love, family obligations, arranged marriages, women's rights in a religious world, and how to stay true to oneself. These are all issues that could be of interest to mature teens even as much of the movie is focused on obligations that stem from old-world traditions. Financial pressures and debt are subjects, too. A drowned body is found on a beach. Suicide is mentioned and so is sacrifice in the name of family. A controlling suitor resorts to violence. Both murder and attempted murder ensue. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Fans of romantic movies will find much to enjoy here. Two riveting lead actors, Rahadian and Septrias, draw the audience into their world so fully that even in fantasy scenes portraying the two as star-crossed lovers from a 12th century fiction, our connection with them and their plight never wavers. Layla Majnun is a sweeping romance that feels contemporary and also timeless. Stunning capital city Baku is a character in this drama, skillfully depicted by director Monty Tiwa. He uses its beauty and dignity, its age and modernity, to help the audience understand a different culture but also to underscore the universality of love.
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