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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Violence & Scariness
Some scary moments, dead bodies (one headless). Rape.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sexual references, including incest and adultery.
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Brief strong language.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Character gets drunk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie has some mature material, including references to homosexuality, adultery, rape, and incest. Petal is selfish. cruel, and promiscuous. There are images of dead bodies, one separated from the head. Characters drink and smoke. When some characters get drunk, they destroy property and one embarrasses himself by behaving badly to someone he cares about. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs and director Lasse Hallstrom have done a masterful job of adapting Proulx's story, with cinematic equivalents for some of the book's best prose. Kevin Spacey, one of the most brilliant actors ever to appear in movies, provides Quoyle with emotional eloquence, even when he does not speak. Every performance is jewel-like, including Judi Dench as Agniss, Cate Blanchett as Petal, Julianne Moore as Wavey (Proulx is a little cutesy with names), Bunny's teacher who befriends Quoyle, Scott Glenn as Quoyle's boss, and, incredibly, triplets who together play the part of Bunny.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Annie Proulx presented a real challenge to filmmakers. Its dense descriptions of crafts and weather do not translate to the screen. The real action in the story goes on inside the undemonstrative Quoyle, and only an actor of extraordinary range and power could communicate that to a movie audience.
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