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Despite the bleakness of the world it's set in -- the fallout from climate change is prominent although not directly mentioned -- the film is full of examples of perseverance, courage, and teamwork.
Positive Role Models
The main character (simply referred to in the credits as "Mother") shows incredible resilience, perseverance, and courage as she looks after her newborn baby in the face of catastrophic flooding. She is every part a positive female role model. Her husband, "R," shows vulnerability and is forced to make tough decisions. Supporting characters are a mix of those who show compassion and empathy for each other and those who, in acts of desperation, do not.
The main character is a White British woman (Jodie Comer) who is in every scene and is portrayed as incredibly courageous, resilient, and strong as she looks after herself and her newborn baby. Her husband is a character of a mixed-race background -- he has a Black mother and a White father -- though this pays no significance to the story. The film is directed by a woman of color, and both the screenplay and the book it was based on are also written by women.
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Violence & Scariness
The entire movie is about devastating flooding that leaves much of the United Kingdom -- especially London -- submerged under water. This leads to civil unrest where people are killed (off-screen). Due to this ongoing situation, there is sense of threat throughout, especially toward a new mother and their newborn child. Reference to a character dying after having their neck trampled on. A character shoots themselves off-screen with a gunshot heard. A refuge camp is stormed by masked people with guns. Characters behave aggressively toward each other. Two characters square up and push one another aggressively. Reference to dead parents, partners, and children. Families are separated. Devastated areas depict cars upside down, homes destroyed, and cities and towns submerged under water. Dead animals are seen, cooked, and eaten.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple scenes involving non-sexual nudity; breasts and buttocks. During a birth a bloody vagina is briefly seen. Breast feeding, including difficulty in doing so. Brief scene involving a married couple engaging in foreplay -- no nudity. The same couple are seen naked in bed under sheets. Characters are seen in the bath. Brief reference to sex. A character strips naked and submerges themselves in the sea.
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Language includes "f--k," "f---ing hell," "f---ing idiot," "f--ked," "s--t," "s--tting," "nipples," "bloody," and "stinky poo." "God" used as an exclamation.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Main character seen smoking on a couple of occasions as do some background characters. Three characters drink neat vodka from a bottle and become a little drunk, leading to dancing and then crying. A flashback scene takes place in a bar and then a restaurant where drinks are consumed.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The End We Start From is a gripping British drama about severe floods that leads to a mother (Jodie Comer) and her newborn baby seeking refuge against all odds. Despite the bleak circumstances and surroundings -- London is seen submerged in water leading to extreme civil unrest -- the film has many positive messages. Most of these are epitomized by Comer's character who displays great courage and perseverance throughout. There is a sense of threat throughout, as people become increasingly desperate for food and shelter. However, most of the violence occurs off-screen. This includes a suicide by gun shot (the blast is heard) and reference to someone being trampled to death. An armed gang of masked people raid a refuge camp for food. Scenes involving non-sexual nudity include a birth and breastfeeding scenes. There is also a brief scene where a married couple engage in foreplay. Language is fairly consistent with variants of "f--k" and "s--t." Characters are seen smoking on occasion and one scene involves three characters drinking vodka from a bottle leading to mild intoxication. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
On paper this British environmental disaster movie is bleak. Indeed The End We Start From began life as a novel, by Megan Hunter, in which an unnamed mother and her newborn baby faces catastrophic flooding and a population that are becoming increasingly desperate for food and shelter. Yet in among this unforgiving environment is a story of hope, perseverance, and courage embodied by the incredible Comer, who was so brilliant in TV's Killing Eve. Comer, who is the lead character and is in every scene, is fast becoming one of the U.K.'s most accomplished and reliable actors. In a role that could easily have fallen foul to overacting, Comer plays it pitch perfect. Credit too to director Mahalia Belo and screenwriter Alice Birch who have created a fully-rounded female character who shows glimpses of vulnerability but won't let anything get in the way of protecting her newborn baby. Subtle touches such as where Comer's character is struggling to breastfeed, brings a realism to a film that scarily could become that much more real should concerns about climate change not be addressed.
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