A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
People are not always who they seem to be. Sometimes love can blind us to the misdeeds of our loved ones.
Positive Role Models
Alicia is a loyal mother, somewhat blinded by love. Ignacio is a realist who believes the time has come to take a stand. Daniel is a troubled man who doesn't take responsibility for his actions.
Violence & Scariness
A man is accused of raping his ex-wife and other domestic abuse. A woman describes being hit and stabbed by her ex-husband, as well as fearing for the safety of their young son. A woman is seen wearing bloody clothes. A bloody bathroom is shown. The body of a newborn is described. There's a suggestion that a father had sex with his daughter.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A woman becomes pregnant twice and says she hasn't been "dating." A pregnant woman doesn't know she is pregnant.
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"S--t," "hell," "semen," and "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Two adults describe themselves as either drug abusers or addicts. Nothing is seen on screen, but cocaine, crack, and alcohol are mentioned. Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Crimes that Bind is a 2020 Argentinian film (with English subtitles) depicting the slow recognition by an older, upper middle-class mother of the truth about a family situation she has refused to face before. Themes that make this appropriate only for older teens include domestic violence, rape, an unexpected birth, and drug abuse and addiction, all offscreen. Language includes "s--t" and "hell," and "whore." A woman is seen wearing bloody clothes. A bloody bathroom is shown. 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 movingly reveals the slow awakening of a devoted mother who comes to realize that the son she has always loved and protected may not deserve her devotion. She, like every other character in the story, must open her eyes to life-altering truths. Director Sebastian Schindel tells a story of ultimate responsibility, in which some characters have hidden their crimes, others have lived blissfully in denial, and other are guilty only of turning a blind eye to reality. Each character is eventually forced to wake up and pay a price, some for being too kind, or too silent, or too naïve. Sometimes projecting the tension of a family drama and at other times unreeling mysteriously like something in the horror genre, The Crimes that Bind skillfully demonstrates that our first impressions aren't necessarily correct.
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