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Cold War | 2018 | R | – 6.3.5

Why is “Cold War” rated R? The MPAA rating has been assigned for “some sexual content, nudity and language.” The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes a couple of sex scenes with nudity, a brief reference to incest and rape, a few arguments with one physical altercation, many scenes of drinking and smoking, and about 6 F-words. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


content-ratingsA love story with a musical backdrop set during the Cold War in the 1950s in Poland and other European countries: A sophisticated musician (Tomasz Kot) meets a talented singer from the Polish countryside (Joanna Kulig) and they fall for each other despite cultural differences. Music eventually becomes their emotional bond. Also with Borys Szyc, Agata Kulesza, Cédric Kahn, Jeanne Balibar, Adam Woronowicz and Adam Ferency. Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski. Dialogue is spoken in Polish, German, French, Russian, Italian and Croatian with English subtitles. [Running Time: 1:28]

Cold War SEX/NUDITY 6

 – A man and a young woman kiss, she unbuttons his shirt (we see his bare chest, abdomen and back) and they continue to kiss as he thrusts while they are standing. A man and a woman kiss passionately on a street and the scene cuts to the couple having sex in a bed (the woman’s bare breast, abdomen and hip are seen and the man’s back, and legs are shown) with the woman straddling the seated man and they thrust.
 A woman is shown on a bed partially covered by a sheet and her bare breasts and upper abdomen are seen. A woman wears low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage in several scenes. A woman on-stage wears a low-cut dress that reveals her cleavage and bare back.
 A man and a young woman hug, kiss passionately and make a plan to run away together. A woman sits on a man’s lap and they kiss. A man and a woman embrace and hold each other while riding in a boat. A man and a woman hug while seated on a bathroom floor. A man and woman marry each other and kiss.
 Men and women dance in a bar and one woman climbs onto the bar and dances, flipping her skirt to reveal her legs. Men and women dance in a hall. A man and a woman dance in a club and he dips her. Men in a truck whistle at a woman walking along the road.
 A man and a woman argue and the woman tells him that she had sex with another man. A man talks about Édith Piaf having worked at a brothel before she became famous. A man wearing a tank T-shirt lies in bed next to a woman (presumably his lover) and tells her, “I was with the woman of my life.” A young woman tells a man that another man has been coming on to her. A song’s lyrics include, “God given love or whispered by the devil.” A young woman tells a man, “I’ll be with you until the end of the world.” A woman says she stabbed her father because, “He mistook me for my mother, and I used a knife to show him the difference.”


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Cold War VIOLENCE/GORE 3

 - A man and a woman argue bitterly and the man hits the woman hard in the face after she tells him that she had sex with another man. Two men lead a man away from a theater and escort him onto a train sending him out of the country. A man falls off a ladder and dangles from a large banner. A woman stumbles and falls off a stage (she seems drunk). After a fight with a man a young woman jumps off a hill and into a river and floats away singing. A man barges into another man's apartment and searches for a woman who is not there.
 A woman argues with a man about something he told another man about her. A young woman tells a man that she stabbed her father and that he did not die. A woman says of a young woman, "She did time," and, "She killed her father." A man talks about a language not being "ours." A man talks about a young woman in a chorus being "too dark," and that they should, "dye her hair."
 A man is shown in a prison with his head shaved and we hear that he got 15 years for illegally crossing a border. A few strains of scary music are practiced to accompany a movie. A giant portrait of Joseph Stalin is lowered behind a stage as singers perform a song in his honor. A man's hand is shown with a disfigured finger and he indicates that he cannot play piano any longer.
 A woman says she needs to throw up (she appears drunk). A man urinates against a tree in a wooded area (we hear the trickle). People step off the back of trucks and into a muddy roadway.


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Cold War LANGUAGE 5

 - About 6 F-words, 3 sexual references, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (crude, primitive, drunk, idiot, bourgeois wanker, silly, jerk, bastard), 6 religious exclamations (For The Fear Of God, Christ, God Given, God Knows, Oh My God spoken in French without translation). | profanity glossary |


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Cold War SUBSTANCE USE

 - A man and woman each take a handful of unidentified pills. People drink alcohol at a reception after a performance, people drink with a meal, people drink and smoke cigarettes in several club scenes, men and women smoke and drink at a party, a woman drinks two shots of liquor and then holds a martini as she walks through a party, a man and a woman drink cognac, a woman drinks from a bottle of liquor in a bathroom, people drink and smoke in an apartment, a man sings a folk song with lyrics that include "I won't go drinking with you." A man smokes in the back of a box van, a woman smokes in a box van, a man and woman share a cigarette in a box van, a man smokes in bed, many people are shown smoking in club and party scenes.


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Cold War DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - The Cold War, Joseph Stalin, pain, humiliation, forbidden love, infidelity, incest, rape, jealousy, love, music, folk music, jazz.

Cold War MESSAGE

 - Time doesn't matter when you're in love.

CAVEATS

Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.



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