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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Movie, based on true events, shows the power of empathy, of the bitterest enemies learning to see beyond their preconceived notions of each other to uncover the humanity within.
Positive Role Models
Mona and Terje are diplomats determined to find a way to bring about peace between the Israelis and Palestinians, developing methods and approaches that allow the two sides to see each other as fellow human beings instead of bitter rivals with a shared violent history. The representatives of Israel and the PLO, passionate defenders of their people, put forth the effort to get past their mutual distrust and hatred in order to reach difficult compromises that open up a dialogue toward better relations and a fragile peace.
Violence & Scariness
Archival news footage of war and riot violence in the Middle East. Rifles fired, rocks thrown. Tense diplomatic negotiations between the Israelis and Palestinians often lead to punches being almost thrown, and in one scene, a diplomat is elbowed in the face while trying to break up an altercation.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
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Occasional profanity, including "f--k" used several times. Also: "s--t," "d--ks," ""piss," "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Johnny Walker Black is the obvious scotch of choice for these diplomats -- bottle clearly shown in drinking scenes.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scotch, wine, and champagne drinking. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Oslo is a 2021 drama in which Norwegian diplomats in 1993 create a back-channel for Israelis and Palestinian leaders to try and settle their differences and create peace. It's based on a play and the true events surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords. There's some violence, including a flashback scene in which one of the Norwegian diplomats remembers seeing a tense stand-off between a rifle-wielding young Israeli soldier and a rock-wielding young Palestinian, resulting in death. Archival news footage of riots and war in the Middle East -- rifles shot, rocks thrown, explosions. Occasional profanity throughout, including "f--k." Cigarette smoking, champagne, wine, and scotch drinking. Overall, the movie shows the power of empathy as a way to help the bitterest of rivals see the shared humanity in the other, and for kids (and perhaps parents) who are confused about violence in the news of the Middle East, Oslo provides some context, and is a worthwhile introduction to some of the history of the region. 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 is a fascinating look at a unique moment in history, showing how empathy and face-to-face discussion between even the bitterest of rivals can reveal shared humanity. Oslo, based on the play of the same name, looks at what led to the historic Oslo Accords, how they achieved what they achieved, and the tremendous challenges faced by all participants. Based on the play of the same name, this true story has obvious relevance to today, where actual in-person talking and the desire to see what unites rather than divides us is so often replaced by the toxic ranting of talk radio, infotainment, and social media. The movie doesn't sugarcoat the decades-long hatred and disagreements between the Israelis and Palestinians, but it does show what progress can be made when two sides truly want to change and move on from what isn't working in the hopes of trying to create peace, however fragile.
There are moments of humor throughout that counterbalance the anger and frustration all sides feel to varying degrees throughout the movie. The sense that all of this could end at any moment, by saying or doing the wrong thing during the negotiations or while eating and drinking together afterward, or by saying or making the wrong demand in the peace process, adds a level of suspense that keeps this story of international diplomacy from becoming too dry and academic. For students of history, and for those kids (and adults) interested in the Middle East and trying to gain a better understanding of the region, Oslo sheds light on historic back-channel negotiations that accomplished so much, even as later events showed that there's still so much work to be done. Beyond the politics, Oslo shows that it's possible for even the most bitter of rivals to find ways towards getting past ugly pre- and misconceptions about "the other" if we're willing to make the effort.
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