A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes include standing by the people you love and the importance of protecting children. Perseverance -- in the shape of pursuing the truth and bringing people to justice -- is also a strong message. Lies and cover-ups are also prominent.
Positive Role Models
Will is seen to be understanding and willing to do anything to protect his wife and family. Milton uses his connections to cover up wrongdoings, suggesting money and power can make people untouchable.
Violence & Scariness
Character is shot in the shoulder, and a dead body shown with a bullet wound to the head. Someone is pushed down the stairs. Drowning is mentioned and implied. A pregnant woman falls from a balcony and there are scenes in an emergency room. A baby dies of an unspecified illness and is then buried in a shallow grave. Reference to postnatal depression and schizophrenia, and a character is seen in great psychological distress. Characters are shaken and punched. A car accident is alluded to. Implication of child abuse. Rape is mentioned and disturbing images of a young child are shown on screen.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex is portrayed and there is full-frontal nudity. Kissing and caressing is shown in bed and in the ocean. There is a comparison between mussels and vaginas during a meal.
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Occasional use of "f--k" and "f--king." Also "bloody hell" and "goddamn."
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Products & Purchases
One character is wealthy and his money is intrinsically connected to power.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters drink wine with dinner and champagne at a celebration. Prescription pills are taken for mental health issues. A sedative is administered against a character's will.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Bay of Silence is a tense psychological thriller which deals with adult themes including mental health issues, rape, child abuse, and the loss of a baby. The movie is based on a book of the same name and stars Claes Bang as Will and Olga Kurylenko as his wife, Rosalind, whose seemingly perfect life begins to unravel following an accident. There are moments of peril and characters are injured and killed. A dead baby is seen on screen after dying from an unspecified illness and is then buried in a shallow grave. Another character is seen with a bullet hole in their head. Characters are also punched and someone is pushed down the stairs. An accident involves a pregnant woman falling from a first floor balcony -- both mother and baby survive. Occasional strong language includes "f--k" and "f--king," as well as "goddamn." Characters consume wine and champagne, as well as prescription pills. Scenes are gritty and realistic and the atmosphere often eerie and disturbing, which makes the movie unsuitable for young children. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
A strong cast adds gravitas to this intense thriller, where nothing is quite as it seems, yet neither is it entirely unpredictable. Bang and Kurylenko have a natural chemistry as husband and wife, even as their relationship unravels and her behavior becomes erratic. Brian Cox as Rosalind's stepfather is the picture of upper-crust arrogance -- all fine art and pomp, with a brooding menace barely contained beneath the surface.
Adapted from a novel of the same name, The Bay of Silence moves at a solid pace with the pieces of the puzzle fitting together naturally. Each new revelation is set up with precision and care, if without much flourish. As the plot moves from location to location, the stunning settings are rich with a sense of place, from the detached London streets to the romantic, sun-drenched Italian coast, and the billowing ghostliness of a small Normandy fishing village. Interiors are beautifully lit and filled with a mystery and intrigue to match this carefully crafted thriller that offers a solid entry into the genre without reinventing the wheel.
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