A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Life can be difficult, sometimes unbelievably so, but certain people can find the strength to carry on, no matter what.
Positive Role Models
Chris must endure one tragedy after another; through it all, she manages to remain optimistic and upbeat. Ewan, on the other hand, isn't as strong and struggles to bear his own challenges.
Violence & Scariness
A tyrannical father terrorizes his family, especially his adult son, whom he beats severely (with a belt). A brief scene also shows soldiers shooting their weapons in wartime. One scene suggests that a man is considering forcing himself on his teenage daughter; another shows a husband violently demanding sex from his unwilling wife.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief scenes of a fully nude woman and a newlywed couple naked in bed.
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Some men use the word "bitch" to women.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
A few scenes show adults drinking socially or toasting to celebrate important moments. Several characters smoke cigarettes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Sunset Song is a period drama based on Lewis Grassic Gibbon's acclaimed novel about growing up in rural Scotland in the early 1900s. It centers on Chris, a young woman who's spent her whole life on the family farm. Her already-difficult lifestyle is made even more challenging by her violent, domineering father, and the movie has several scenes of surprisingly violent brutality -- including beatings, wartime shooting, the implication that a man is considering forcing himself on his teenage daughter, and a husband violently demanding sex from his unwilling wife. Brief scenes show full female nudity and a newlywed couple in bed. There's also some drinking and smoking and a few uses of the word "bitch." 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 film is beautiful to see but tedious to watch. Overly long at two hours and 15 minutes, it sloooowly charts the drudgery of Chris' life -- and then just as sloooowly shows her optimism when she finally becomes independent. Not much happens. She meets a man, they fall in love, life is good, then it gets harder. There are few surprises and even fewer events that really capture viewers' attention.
And then there's the last third of Sunset Song, which is a tonal shock. Long sequences are given over to pastoral shots of the countryside, with voice-overs about Chris' inner life that might have looked poetic on the page but are too mawkish for the screen. Nonetheless, Deyn's supremacy over the movie's meandering pace manages to wrestle it from the brink; its stunning cinematography does, too. But only just.
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