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Sex & Nudity

  • Euphemisms for sex.
  • Rape scene which is quick and disturbing, but nothing is shown.
  • Discussion of being raped.
  • Rose-Ann is a prostitute, but it is not ever directly said.

Violence & Gore

  • Violence can take many forms. In this movie, there is a prevailing spirit of abusive talk and communication. A great deal of name calling and degrading speech between family members that creates a feeling of harshness especially between Rose-Ann and Ole Pa, even worse when he is drunk.


  • A few mentions of the word of "damn" and "hell"; one "N----r"; one "B---h", and one "b****ard"; Rose-Ann refers to Gordon as "that black buck".

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Several characters drink liquor. A man is drinking beer from a glass in the street. A man is obviously drunk.
  • Gordon smokes a cigarette for a few puffs and then puts it out.

Frightening & Intense Scenes


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Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • The whole flashback sequence regarding how Selina lost her eyesight is emotional, violent, intense and hard to watch. It could be very frightening for many sensitive viewers to watch.
  • Another flashback that Selina shares with Gordon is from about a year prior. Rose-Ann has another man in the house, who locks the door, tears the bed covers off Selina and grabs her. She bites him and he slaps her in the face. The camera shows him from her perspective, closing in on her and it leaves us to suspect that he had his way with her, all in all, a very traumatic situation to be sure and difficult to watch.
  • A terrible fight starts between Rose-Ann,Ole Pa and Selina when Rose-Ann and a friend of hers see Selina with Gordon for the first time. It gets so bad that other apartment tenants get involved in the argument. Things are broken, thrown and damaged in the process. The fight is traumatic for all involved

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