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Positive Role Models
The father in question certainly tries to move mountains. He tries everything he can to save his son, even when others give up.
Violence & Scariness
Some yelling and arguing. An avalanche crashes down a mountain, injuring a handful of people (nothing shown).
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some adults discuss cheating and intimate relationships.
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A few instances of "f--king" and "hell."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults often smoke cigarettes and occasionally drink alcohol.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Father Who Moves Mountains is a Romanian drama about a father who is informed that his son and girlfriend are lost on a dangerous mountain. The father stops at nothing to try to find them. In this slow and contemplative film, the beautiful cinematography threatens to outshine everything else. Search and rescue teams hit the mountain daily, and the father calls in old favors to help. Meanwhile, women fret over the main characters' decisions. The threat of natural violence always looms, but no violence occurs. Some strong language includes one "f--king," and a few instances of "hell." Adults often smoke cigarettes and some drink alcohol. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
The scenery and cinematography on display are gorgeous and lush. The rest of the elements of The Father Who Moves Mountains, unfortunately, are quite underwhelming and disappointing. The "hero" of the story is an affluent ex-intelligence officer who has loads money and friends in high places. Unsatisfied with the search and rescue team's lack of progress, as he figures it, Mircea takes it upon himself to call in "rich-White-guy" favors, rejects saving others in need, and hoards his own power, resources, and workforce. Meanwhile, the viewers are still supposed to feel sorry for and root for this guy?
When everyone else is sensibly moving on, Mircea continues to waste money and puts other people's lives at risk by not giving up his search. It's odd that his incredibly selfish behavior kind of merges with this film's idea of "heroism," as the title isn't supposed to be ironic or sarcastic. And the only argument the father or the film offers for justifying his behavior is various forms of: "what if it was your child?" The other problem is that there isn't any depth to the one note, "I will stop at nothing to find my son," father nor is there any depth to the story. Nothing surprising happens. Actually, nothing really happens during the entire film, and it isn't clear what this film is trying to say.
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