A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Murderers will most often be caught. With better technology, identifying killers has become a lot easier. Sometimes, the public can rally behind a cause, raise awareness, and be a force for good.
Positive Role Models
Lead detective Letizia Ruggeri is smart, determined, and doesn't give up. Despite some sexist treatment from her superiors and the press, she presses on, dedicated as ever. For years, she presides over the case, diligently working to identify and then capture the perpetrator.
Most everyone is Italian and White, except for a small role for a Moroccan character. However, the lead role is a woman.
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Violence & Scariness
Descriptions of a brutal murder of a 13-year-old girl. The medical examiner's description of the girl's cause of death states, "a heavy blow to the head (from falling or being hit with a stone), multiple blows to the neck, skull, jaw, and left cheek ... and multiple stab wounds to the back, neck, wrists, and groin area." Adults discuss a possible sexual motivation for the killing of a 13-year-old girl. Investigators suggest the killer stopped going any further sexually because he was an inexperienced rapist and killer. Some professionals ask whether the victim had any "blood, saliva, or seminal fluid" on or in her body. Some scenes show the killer stalk and chase the girl. No gore, but a struggle follows on the ground. A young girl's decomposed body is found in bramble, months after she was killed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
At a trial, a man accused of a girl's murder is questioned about his internet searching for "girls with shaved vaginas." A teen girl writes love letters to a boy she doesn't know.
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Strong language includes a few instances of "f--k," "s--t," "vaginas," "hookers," and "damn."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol during meals. A teacher references kids "smoking joints in the bathroom."
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yara is an Italian thriller about the true story of the 2010 murder of 13-year-old Yara Gambirasio. On the night of November 26, 2010, Yara left a sports center to walk home. She was never seen again until her body was discovered 3 months later. With the help of the public, better forensic technologies, and a determined investigator, Yara's killer was eventually identified and captured. Some scenes show dramatizations of the killer stalking and chasing Yara, and some scenes discuss in detail how Yara died. Her cause of death was from "a heavy blow to the head (from falling or being hit with a stone), multiple blows to the neck, skull, jaw, and left cheek ... and multiple stab wounds to the back, neck, wrists, and groin area." Investigators also wonder if Yara was sexually assaulted and ask if there is any "blood, saliva, or seminal fluid" on or in Yara's body. At trial, the killer is questioned about his extensive internet search for "girls with shaved vaginas." Adults smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol during meals. A teacher references kids "smoking joints in the bathroom" at school. Strong language includes a few instances of "f--k," "s--t," "vaginas," and "hookers." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Taught and with pace, this true-story crime thriller dramatizes the hunt for Yara Gambirasio's killer in a straightforward fashion. Most of Yara concerns itself with getting to the next piece of information or the next aspect of development, and this drive to complete its story can sometimes feel rushed. And while the film's acting is solid and scene composition pretty, sometimes it feels like there aren't actual people behind the characters. They each fulfill a role in the story, and only that, without having or showing any deeper histories, depth, or interesting relationships with other characters.
The film does try to establish some emotive parallel between Letizia and Yara's mother, as Letizia also has a young daughter to worry about, but these brief moments when Letizia worries over her daughter feel forced and detract from the drive of the movie's primary purpose: how did they finally find Yara's killer, and whether or not he ended up paying for his crime.
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