Parents' Guide to

Palm Trees in the Snow

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Unforgettable subtitled epic has graphic sex, violence.

Movie NR 2015 163 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 17+

Palm trees in the snow

Very beautiful and true to life movie. remind me so much of my childhood brought back a lot of good memories.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
age 18+

Great Story, Questionable Content

Right off the bat, parents should be advised that this is a very mature drama that was not intended for children, or young teens of any ages. Unfortunately, much like other interracial dramas, mature thematic elements [rape, infidelity, prostitution, domestic abuse, racism, and varying, sometimes violent or archaic cultural practices] pervade throughout. This also includes very graphic sex, graphic nudity, and questionable, if not downright sinister characters who take advantage of others in the most heinous ways. CommonSense does well enough in describing the sex scenes [the first one is actual in the film's opening sequence and sets the bar for the other sex scenes that follow in the film; little is left to the imagination], as well as the scene of gang rape. However, there is also full frontal male nudity [albeit brief and in the distance] that was not mentioned. The instance occurs in a scene where several men are hanging [dead] from a tree; they have been stripped of all clothes and the outlines [and more if you pause] of their genitals can be seen. Nudity, unlike sex scenes cannot be skipped however, as they are a near constant with many village women traipsing around topless, and both main and secondary characters peeling off their tops and letting things...hang loose...whenever the urge hits them. Violence is less of a concern here with most violence occurring offscreen, and only showing audiences the aftermath of their beatings. [This is true for the rape scene as well, most of the actual act occurs offscreen, albeit with audible screaming, etc.] That being said, the movie does do a good job of making you believe in the love story between the two main characters, and teeing up for a riveting twist. The cast are all solid actors here as well, and deliver stellar performances.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much sex

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (1):

This is an incredible, epic Spanish film about an eternal love that emerges between a European man and an African woman in mid-20th-century Equatorial Guinea. It seamlessly interweaves the past and present, the scope of tumultuous change as a brutal colony begins a transition to an equally brutal dictatorship, and the complex interplay and relationships between those caught up in the merciless undercurrents. It's as beautiful as it is violent, as tragic as it is life-affirming. At nearly three hours, the film, as ambitious as it is, makes full use of that time to convey a breadth and scope not often seen in contemporary movies.

Complexity and nuance, in both the characters and the cultures they represent, is no easy task for a film of this magnitude, and yet there are no one-dimensional characters, none of the laziness inherent in stereotyping. It's an epic movie that feels epic in story, performance, and direction. Simply put, this is an unforgettable movie for older teens and adults.

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