A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Themes of acceptance, courage, perseverance, and teamwork are prominent. Characters must overcome many hurdles to succeed. An overall theme is characters facing up to their mistakes. Iffy message about revenge.
Positive Role Models
Dina is a strong, brave character who learns to accept who she is and recognize how she can help others. The development of Nicodemus from disappointment to hero is inspiring, although some of his views are problematic -- such as those on revenge.
Violence & Scariness
Sword and knife fights, resulting in deaths. Character holds a bloody knife after being accused of murdering his father, pregnant stepmother, and brother, whose blood is seen on the floor and a sheet. Violence toward younger characters at the hands of adults, including a child being strangled. Two children fight after one taunts the other. Characters are stabbed in the neck and back with knives, swords, and spears. A dragon bites a character on the arm, resulting in a bloody wound. Two characters must escape a burning house. Water forced down a character's throat. Dragon is killed by having a sword driven into its head; much blood. One character cuts a dragon in order to drink its blood. A mother is set to be executed by being fed to dragons. Mass fight at the end of the movie involves several deaths.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Kissing. Two characters are seen in the bath together, seemingly naked. Bare-chested man.
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Use of the words "bastard," "bloody," and "whore."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults drink wine. One character is seen drunkenly dancing on a table and acting aggressively. He shows remorse for his behavior.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Shamer's Daughter (Skammerens datter) is a Danish fantasy movie (with English subtitles) that's based on a series of young adult books by Lene Kaaberbøl. It's set in a mythical medieval world where sword and knife fights are commonplace, resulting in bloody deaths. Violence is pervasive overall: The movie begins with a murdered family, and although viewers don't see the act or their bodies, the aftermath is shown -- including a man lying passed out holding a bloody knife. The main character, Dina (Rebecca Emilie Sattrup), is at the heart of the action; fighting, being strangled, getting attacked by a dragon, and having to escape a burning house. Dina learns of the imminent execution of her mother, which may upset younger viewers. There's a mass sword and spear brawl, that leads to many deaths. Adults drink wine regularly. There's kissing, and two characters appear to be naked in a bath together. Language is rare, although there's some use of the words "bastard," "bloody," and "whore." The Shamer's Daughter is the first in a series of movies. 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 Danish movie is a great introduction to the medieval-fantasy genre. Comparisons can be made to Game of Thrones, with dragons, sword fights, and backstabbing (both literally and figuratively) aplenty, although The Shamer's Daughter is targeted to a much younger audience. Violence is both frequent and graphic, so sensitive viewers may find some of the bloodier scenes too much. Still, in Dina, we have a strong female lead who, in learning how to use her "gift" (the ability to see into people's souls), also learns to accept herself.
For more seasoned fans of the genre, The Shamer's Daughter may feel predictable. But the story (taken from the first of a series of young adult Danish books by Lene Kaaberbøl) has enough action, sprinkled with the odd comedic moment, to make this fantasy adventure worth a watch.
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