A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Provides a vivid example of a manipulative, controlling relationship. Themes of grief, loss, parental fears, and slaying your demons.
Positive Role Models
Margaret, a strong, independent woman, has overcome tragic and toxic circumstances. To prevent anyone else from suffering a similar situation, she offers guidance to stop a young intern from following the same path. She'll do whatever it takes to keep her daughter safe. But she's also in a relationship with a married man, she gives her minor daughter alcohol, and so forth.
Complex, female-forward story with a mostly female cast. Anti-stereotypical depiction of a strong, independent woman getting sucked back into a toxic relationship.
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Violence & Scariness
Extended graphic, bloody scene of surgical-style deep cutting. Unsettling images of babies. Creepy story of a baby's demise, with disturbing details. Stabbings. Threats with a gun. Physical struggle. A punch. Protagonist in deep distress.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few sex scenes with thrusting and groaning; no explicit nudity. Woman seen in bra and underwear in nonsexual situation. Joke about "orgies." Control within context of romantic relationships is a central theme.
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Strong language includes "d--k," "goddamn," "hell," "s--t," "mother f----r," and several uses of "f--k."
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Products & Purchases
Shot lingers on Apple logo on a laptop.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A woman and her 17-year-old daughter drink whiskey together. Daughter makes joke about doing drugs. Adult drinks beer and wine after work.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Resurrection is a psychological thriller about a single mother (Rebecca Hall) who believes that her cruel, controlling ex-boyfriend (Tim Roth) has returned to harm her teenage daughter (Grace Kaufman). The death of an infant is central to the film, and this is likely to be an emotionally challenging film for anyone who's been affected by a similar tragedy. There are also extended, graphically bloody stabbing/cutting scenes and brief, disturbing images of a baby. Storytelling choices mean that viewers likely won't be sure whether what they're being told or are seeing is reliable, which may make it hard for teen viewers who need something more concrete to buy in. But it certainly offers a memorable example of how manipulation occurs within a relationship. Sex scenes have thrusting but no explicit nudity. A mother teaches her teen daughter how to drink whiskey. Language includes "s--t," "f--k," and more. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Tapping into parental fears, writer-director Andrew Semans paints a memorable portrait of a sadistic relationship, one that may serve as a potent warning for teens. This thriller is about control in a relationship, and it illustrates how it can be difficult to understand why some people give up control over their decisions, actions, and lives to a demanding partner. To do this, Semans creates an unbelievable circumstance in a grounded environment -- and then sells it. Is Margaret losing her sanity, or is the mild-mannered man she keeps seeing in her community actually intending to do her harm? Is he stalking her, or is she stalking him? Either way, the story that unwinds presents a clear example of grooming and "gaslighting" (i.e., convincing someone that their reality isn't real).
Margaret and David aren't just characters, they're psychological profiles. And yet they're chillingly authentic. Their interactions aren't relatable and, at times, are actually so surreal that it may result in viewers scoffing, but Hall and Roth's performances are searingly sharp. Margaret is so "together" in every way, and David is so mild in his demeanor, that it undermines stereotypes about who establishes -- and who falls into -- deeply toxic relationships. Ultimately, Margaret's Achilles' heel is her fierce need to protect her daughter, and the film could serve as an odd but perhaps effective device for parents who want to help prevent older teens from falling into a controlling relationship.
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