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Golden Door | 2006 | PG-13 | - 7.4.2

Italian film taking place in the beginning of the 20th century, chronicling the perilous journey of a Sicilian family as they cross the Atlantic by steamship, dreaming of going through the "golden door" of Ellis Island and into America, a mysterious land of plenty. Along the way, they meet an English woman traveling alone but in need of a male companion. With Charlotte Gainsbourg, Vincenzo Amato, Aurora Quattrocchi, Vincent Schiavelli and Francesco Casisa. Directed by Emanuele Crialese. In Italian with English subtitles. [1:52]

SEX/NUDITY 7 - Fully nude women shower (their bare breasts, buttocks and pubic regions are visible). Fully nude men are examined upon entry into the U.S. (their bare chests, buttocks and genitals are visible). We see a woman in undergarments that reveal cleavage and bare arms in several scenes.
 A young man moves silently through the sleeping quarters of women, he watches them sleep (they are wearing period undergarments that reveal cleavage, bare shoulders and some bare legs), he smells their skin and he presses his face into the clothed crotch of one sleeping young woman (she does not stir, and he moves along and the scene ends).
 Women are examined before entry into the country, they are asked to lie on their sides, and women reach under their skirts.
 A woman asks a man to marry her and he accepts. A man flirts with a woman, he says he can find her a boyfriend in America, he touches her arm and she protests, they leave together but it is not clear if anything transpired between them.
 Women are brought into a room, men sit across from them, names are called out and they agree that they intend to marry in arranged marriages; then others that remain are chosen by the remaining men.
 A man tells another man to watch two young women on a trip and that they "must arrive as they left...as decent girls." It is implied that an unmarried woman is pregnant.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A ship sways violently throwing many passengers back and forth and they crush onto each other; when the storm passes we see several people who've been injured (a couple have bloody clothing) and one woman carries her dead baby around the deck and drops it over the side (we don't see the baby dropped but the mother collapses).
 A young woman lies on a table, another woman ties her with ropes while muttering words (presumably an incantation of sorts), she moves down toward her feet, lifts her skirt (nothing is visible), pulls out a snake and the young woman screams (the scene ends).
 A young woman tells a woman that another young woman is "possessed," that she hasn't spoken, eaten or slept in days and that she has a "snake in her belly." A woman protests and becomes angry while being examined before entering the U.S. (another woman puts her hand under her skirt).
 A man and a young man with stones in their mouths and barefooted climb a rock wall to a peak where there is a cross in order to ask for guidance and a sign; when they reach the top they drop the stones, and we see blood on them and their mouths. A man buries himself in the ground (all but his face). A man strikes his teenage sons on the head a couple of times.
 A young man is taken away from an examination room by guards because he cannot hear or speak. People shove and struggle to get onto a ship, and one young man is frightened and tries to get away. People are examined for fleas and other ailments and we hear people yelling and screaming as they are being examined.
 We see many people crowded on the deck of a ship as it pulls away from the dock and they are frightened when the horn sounds.
 A young woman meets the man that she is supposed to marry, she yells at him and accuses him of being ugly and says she is disappointed in the match. A woman talks about fearing the sea. A young man talks about his mother having died a long time ago. A young man is referred to as a "deaf/mute."
 A young man watches two young women walking alone, he makes loud noises frightening them, then jumps out at them, removes his hat and we see snails wriggling in his hair.
 A man imagines people carrying enormous olives and vegetables, he imagines a tree dropping money from its branches and covering him, and he also imagines swimming in a river of milk (a few times).
 People are given mental acuity tests and a woman is told that this is to "keep them [the less intelligent] from mixing with our citizens." There is a discussion about the presumption of deciding who is fit and who is not.
 A man cuts a lock of a woman's hair with a knife (it is not a violent act).


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LANGUAGE 2 - 4 mild obscenities, name-calling (a young man is referred to as a "deaf/mute," blockhead, bloody fool, ugly wretch).


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man smokes a cigar.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Immigration, fear of the sea, superstition, family, difficult choices, deportation, separation of families, arranged marriages, death of a parent, dreams of a land of plenty.

MESSAGE - Emigration from one's homeland to a new land often offered promise as well as disappointment.

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