A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive Role Models
Pipa tries to do the right thing.
Indigenous Argentinians are trying to regain land illegally taken by settlers. White landowners and police officers refer to indigenous people as "filthy Indians." A woman plays the role of tough, gun-toting hero.
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Violence & Scariness
People are shot, stabbed, and chased. A police officer stops a woman in her car and threatens her if she doesn't stop investigating a corrupt wealthy family. An older woman is shot and as she is dying a police officer sticks his finger in her fatal wound to torture her. A woman bites off the ear of an attacker. There's lots of blood. A suicide by drugs is suggested. A charred body is seen. A child brings a gun to school. Someone is suffocated. Incest is a plot point.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Two people are seen having clothed sex, as recorded from far on a cell phone.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bitch," "ass," "hell," "damn," "whore," and "filthy Indians."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A troubled scion of a wealthy family has a drug and alcohol problem. Pills are seen. Cocaine is mentioned.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the 2022 drama Recurrence (Pipa is an alternate title) follows the release of two earlier Argentinian features, Perdida and Intuition, all about a female police officer. Those who missed the first two may have trouble following the muddled, violent story that involves police corruption and brutality, prejudice against indigenous people, murder, incest, and sexual images. Language includes "f--k," "s--t," "ass," "bitch," "hell," "damn," "whore," and "filthy Indians." People are beaten, shot, and stabbed. Two people are seen having clothed sex, as recorded from far on a cell phone. Adults drink alcohol and smoke cigarettes. A troubled scion of a wealthy family has a drug and alcohol problem. Pills are seen. Cocaine is mentioned. In Spanish with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Recurrence displays one consistent characteristic throughout: confusion. A multitude of seemingly unrelated people are introduced at once, with no character development to speak of. Small details also add to the confusion. Is the main character named Manuela or Pipa? The timeline is chaotic. Are we in the present? The past? That the director and writers haven't the slightest idea how to tell a coherent story is made clear over and over. Suddenly, some new character in a suit is unhappy with a police officer. Who is the guy in the suit? A dead girl's missing cell phone is the subject of intense interest. It turns out a compromising sex video is on it. But she's dead, so how would anyone know she recorded the encounter? A boy accuses his mom of lying to him. She admits it. What's the lie? No clue.
Much is made of the difference between White faces and Brown ones and some are offensively referred to as "filthy Indians." Yet no one mentions that the actor playing the wealthy, land-owning White family's daughter also looks indigenous. And as if the plight of indigenous people had been deeply explored throughout the action (it was not), at story's end a sign refers to land in the process of being returned to the indigenous community: "property restitution pending." The filmmakers think that's all it takes to wrap up a plot point. A sign.
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