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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Good ultimately triumphs over evil. One individual can alter the course of history.
Positive Role Models
Heroic character is courageous, resourceful, compassionate, and determined. He finds others who are willing to risk their lives for the common good. Nazis are portrayed as brutal, arrogant, and wholly evil when in power, cowardly in the face of their enemies.
Violence & Scariness
Horrific events and visual depiction of evil. Characters are savagely killed: point-blank shootings, incinerated, gassed, shot while trying to escape, hung, brutally beaten. Bodies (both clothed and naked) are strewn on the ground or piled high. Inhumane acts are perpetrated on powerless men; bodies are splayed on barbed wire; rows of naked men try to obscure their genitals. Torture and relentless tormenting.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Multiple scenes show men forced to march and/or line up naked; full frontal at times. Female prisoners are forced to prostitute themselves over and over again. In one instance, a gaunt, suffering young woman has sex with a heroic man who treats her with compassion.
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Occasional profanity, including "a--hole," "squeeze your balls," "f--k," "s--t," "queers," "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Characters smoke. Liquor is smuggled into concentration camp. Nazis consume alcoholic beverages.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Photographer of Mauthausen (El Fotógrafo de Mauthausen), with English subtitles, tells the story of the real-life Francesc Boix, a Spanish concentration camp prisoner who was able to thwart his Nazi persecutors and bring evidence of their crimes to light. While the movie has moments of triumph and optimism, for the most part it's a testament to the hideousness of the Nazi regime, its inhumane treatment of multitudes, and its utter rejection of morality and the sanctity of life. On-screen violence and brutality is almost continuous: prisoners are shot, gassed, incinerated, tortured, and beaten. Male nudity is shown in many scenes; men try to cover their private parts, sometimes unsuccessfully. Women are forced into prostitution. Subtitled profanity includes: "f--k," "a--hole," "s--t," "queer," and "whore." Characters smoke; alcohol beverages are present in a few scenes. Both rewarding and heartbreaking, this movie is recommended, but only for mature audiences. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Mar Targarona's suspenseful, unrelentingly graphic depiction of the horrors of absolute evil juxtaposed with hope, purpose, and compassion is both searing and heartening. A Spanish production, shot in Hungary, The Photographer of Mauthausen isn't an original concept -- Holocaust movies have told this kind of story before, and well. But this is a masterful production with a singular identity. The cinematography is exceptional; performances are remarkable. Of particular note are the actual photographs smuggled out of Mauthausen, which are shown at the end of the film. Only then does the audience recognize how many of the scenes Ms. Targarona shot replicate the actual moments. It's very powerful -- as is the impact of the whole movie. When the forces of good triumph even in a small way -- and Boix's success, though significant, cannot begin to compensate for the atrocities in the camp -- audiences feel rewarded for the attention they have paid.
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