A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Messages abound but feel more like unanswered questions about the root of creativity and the definition of love.
Positive Role Models
Characters can be seen as aspirational in their attractiveness and demonstration of qualities you might like in a friend (supportive) or partner (forgiving), but no one rises to the level of being a clear role model.
A minor Black character rescues the main character and is portrayed positively, but there's no meaningful diversity in this film about White European-American characters. Everyone is filmed with a lingering lens that accentuates their conventional attractiveness, and all of the women are thin. Young women seem to exist to fulfill the main character's sexual and romantic desires. And two women who have sex with the main character shortly after meeting him are killed, perpetuating the cinematic cliche that promiscuous girls must pay for their "sins," while male characters are celebrated for their conquests.
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Violence & Scariness
Guns are shown, and a character is shot at close range (presumably killed). Punch. Dead body. The photographer main character handles his model roughly, mostly indicated by her verbalizing her discomfort, which he seems to ignore. The same character clings to/wraps himself around his girlfriend and doesn't respect her repeated order to stop touching her.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Steamy sex scenes, including a threesome. Full-body nudity (female and male), but genitals aren't shown. The main character is rampantly unfaithful, even when searching desperately for his missing girlfriend. In another scene, the girlfriend defends his infidelity. A woman tells a man she's just met the story of how she lost her virginity at age 16 to her 31-year-old boyfriend, and this is presented positively.
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Strong language throughout includes "bulls--t," "s--t," and frequent use of "f--k."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Aspirational characters drink and smoke cigarettes throughout.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Where Are You is a mystery told in abstract form. Main character Nicolas (Irakli Kvirikadze) is a fashion photographer, and the movie's cinematography kind of feels like a glossy ad, full of sexy images of conventionally attractive people. Representations of women are deeply concerning: Women only exist here to love Nicolas and serve him sexually. He sleeps with nearly all of the young female characters, sometimes two at a time, and the movie's two middle-age women are depicted as shrews. His girlfriend (Camille Rowe), who has no dimension beyond being beautiful, doesn't just accept his infidelity, she defends it. And his sexual flings wind up dead, a weary cinematic cliche. There's nudity -- you'll see next to everything laid bare. Smoking is glamorized, and all of the characters drink. A handgun is photographed with noir-like glamour, and there's a presumably fatal shooting. Strong language is mostly centered on pervasive use of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Imagine a 92-minute TV ad for designer perfume, and you've got Where Are You. The title is meant as a question to both the main character and the viewer about their existential state. The film wants to be deep and artsy, and some teens and creative folks may respond to it that way. But for most moviegoers, it's likely to come off as shallow and self-important.
The actors, many of them models, are filmed longingly (again, like a high-fashion ad). Scenes are presented like montages, with the camera swooping in from all angles, sometimes layering in versions of the same moment and the same dialogue -- not unlike a Terrence Malick movie. This attempt at visual poetry doesn't exactly make for a satisfying dramatic experience, but cinematographer Dante Spinotti creates such a resplendent aesthetic that it's likely Where Are You will live forever on the TV screens of nightclubs ... with the sound off.
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