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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
It's not exactly a pleasant topic, but movie deals directly with idea of death. It could prompt discussion of what people would like to do before they die -- or perhaps what things might seem more important than other things. Viewers may also think about why death is scary, why we tend to avoid thinking about it.
Positive Role Models
Characters are interesting and human, and don't really do anything wrong, but they're mostly just afraid, dealing with their own existence. You could argue that some learn lessons about what's really important, that some show bravery in the way they face their end.
Violence & Scariness
Bloody stomach wound, dribbling blood. Dead body, partially shown. Blood spatters, smears all over. Blood in pool. Sudden loud noises. Discussion of process of skinning, tanning a hide. Mention of rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic discussion of dolphin sex. Brief kissing. One character straddles another in bed; both fully clothed. Mention of past abortion.
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Several uses of "f--king," plus "s--t," "a--hole," "rape," "d--k," "oh my God," and "pray to God."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters take mushrooms. A character drinks wine and gets drunk; she's said to have had a drinking problem. Drinking while driving. Cigarette smoking. Drug-related dialogue.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that She Dies Tomorrow is an experimental horror movie about a woman who suddenly believes that she's going to die tomorrow, and that idea spreads to others. Despite the unsettling subject matter, the movie is beautifully made: It's poetic, dreamy, and bold. Violence includes a partly obscured dead body and lots of blood. A character with a stomach wound has blood-soaked clothing, and she dribbles blood. There's also dialogue about the process of skinning an animal and tanning its hide, and mentions of rape. Language includes several uses of "f--k," as well as "s--t," "a--hole," and other words. There's a graphic discussion about dolphin sex, kissing, and other mild sexual situations and dialogue. Characters take mushrooms, and a character who's said to have a drinking problem gets drunk and drinks and drives. There's also cigarette smoking and some drug-related dialogue. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Writer-director Amy Seimetz's poetic, terrifying movie explores an existential crisis without getting too intellectual, using dreamy sounds and visuals to yield emotion, pain, and clarity. Coming close to the feel of an experimental movie, She Dies Tomorrow never explains whether the movie's catalyst -- the characters' absolute belief that they're going to die tomorrow -- is real or supernatural or ... anything. It's unexplained, and it isn't the point. The point, of course, is that everybody (and everything) dies, but what should we do with the time we have? Some tie up loose ends, some try to be with family, and some try new things.
But even more poignant questions come up, such as what to wear and what to leave behind. Amy puts on her fanciest, flashiest dress, while Jane wears a pair of pajamas. Amy visits a tanner to find out how she can be made into a coat. Director Seimetz -- who's also an actor in movies like The Sacrament and Pet Sematary -- uses these touches and things like colored flashes (red, blue, and green), Jane's photographic artwork (pictures of blood under a microscope, as well as disturbingly artful blood smears), and Mozart's "Requiem" played many, many times, to conjure up an almost psychedelic feel. She Dies Tomorrow offers the idea that there are no wrong answers here, even when Amy asserts: "I'm OK. I'm not OK."
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