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Parents' Guide to

The Claim

By M. Faust, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Mature viewers only; kids won't be interested.

Movie R 2001 121 minutes
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British actor Peter Mullen gives an excellent performance and the other actors are as capable, especially Sarah Polley, but the story gives them less to do. In fact, some of their stories seem to have been truncated, as if the filmmakers decided in the editing process to concentrate solely on Mr. Dillon's character.

The epic photography of this harsh land is quite beautiful, as is the majestic yet troubling score by Michael Nyman (The Piano). But the movie's overall bleakness, while appropriate to its themes, makes it unlikely to appeal to a broad range of viewers. It's certainly not recommended for teens, except perhaps those with an interest in Thomas Hardy, from whose novel The Mayor of Casterbridge, this was loosely adapted.

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