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Breaking and Entering | 2006 | R | - 8.4.5

An architect (Jude Law) with dreams of transforming an urban area in London is devastated when his office is repeatedly broken into by young Serbian men who are working for a black market ring. When he tracks one of the men down, he ends up beginning an affair with the young man's mother (Juliette Binoche). Also with Robin Wright Penn, Vera Farmiga, Martin Freeman and Ray Winstone. Directed by Anthony Minghella. [2:00]

SEX/NUDITY 8 - A woman in the throes of passion lies back on a bed, (her bare breasts and abdomen are visible), and a man comes up from under the sheets and they kiss.
 A man and a woman undress, we see her in a bra and panties and him bare-chested, he kisses her abdomen and moves below her waist (we see a flash of her pubic region), they kiss, and they are shown in bed later sleeping.
 A man and a woman sit in a bathtub together, and when she climbs out her bare breasts and buttock are visible.
 A prostitute stands outside a car, knocks on the window and asks the two men inside if they have a light; she then opens her coat and exposes her bare breasts.
 A man and a woman kiss, he takes off his shirt and lies on top of her, they kiss, and they wake up in the morning (we see her bare shoulders and his bare chest, and there are clothes scattered on the floor). A nude woman (we see part of her bare breasts) climbs into bed next to a sleeping man and someone takes photos of them together.
 A prostitute dances suggestively in the front seat of a car while a man watches her (she is wearing a slinky slip that shows her thong panties and buttocks and stockings). A man walks out of an alleyway followed by a woman who is a prostitute and who is adjusting her clothing.
 A man looks at photos of himself with a woman in bed (we see his bare chest and her bare breasts and buttocks).
 A man and a woman kiss in a few scenes.
 A prostitute talks about ways with which she can make a man climax, and that some would consider them "not cheating." A prostitute climbs into the back of a man's car, sits in the back seat and talks about what she can do for him sexually. A man confesses to being unfaithful to his partner. Two men talk about Swedish women and how beautiful they are. A woman talks about the discomfort of wearing thong underwear.
 A man tries unsuccessfully to flirt with a woman. A man admires a woman from afar, takes a picture of her and displays it on his computer, unbeknownst to her.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - Two teenage boys are chased by police, they run along rooftops, through alleys and along a riverside, one boy falls and hurts his leg, and the other is grabbed and handcuffed.
 A pre-teen girl climbs on construction tubing, the pile collapses, she falls with it and she is trapped briefly (we see her in the hospital with a broken leg).
 Two teenage boys jump across rooftops, one does not make it all the way across, hangs from his fingers, and pulls himself up and continues running.
 A man hits a teenage boy on the head with a plastic water bottle. A man raises his hand to a young man who flinches. A man chases a teenage boy through alleys, over fences and under bridges (he does not catch him).
 A woman kicks a car and yells at a man inside the car. A pre-teen girl yells and throws a plate of food on the floor breaking the plate.
 During a robbery a teenage boy breaks a skylight of a warehouse building, climbs down the girders and to the ground to let others in. A woman falls on the ground and into a mud puddle.
 A woman yells at her teenage son and threatens to kill anyone who gets him involved in criminal and unsavory activities.
 A woman pleads with a man to help her and he pushes her away. A man talks to a teenage boy about being in trouble and going to jail. A man yells at a woman. A woman talks about living or dying because your name reveals your ethnicity and religion. We hear about a woman escaping the violence in Serbia with her son, but leaving her husband behind. We hear that a pre-teen girl does not sleep. A woman talks about being depressed and that she's using a light therapy treatment.
 A man finds a dead fox in the glove compartment of his car.
 In several scenes a pre-teen girl, who may be autistic, seems to have episodes where she becomes agitated and then begins repeating a word and a movement.


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LANGUAGE 5 - 4 F-words, 7 sexual references, 2 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 2 religious exclamations.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A woman drinks wine. A woman smokes cigarettes in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Growing apart as a couple, love, transforming a community, fear, criminal minds, morals, free love, loneliness, autism, dreams, responsibility, paternity, regret, forgiveness, goals, happiness, jealousy, infidelity, desperation, cultural differences, protecting one's children at all cost, lying, mother's love, disappointment, guilt, deportation, escape from one's country, depression, suicide.

MESSAGE - All sorts of relationships can arise out of odd circumstances. Mercy is better than revenge. A mother will do almost anything to protect her son.

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