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Harrison's Flowers | 2002 | R | - 5.8.10

A Newsweek photojournalist (David Strathairn) travels to Yugoslavia on what is supposed to be an easy assignment, but when reports of his death come back, his wife (Andie MacDowell) cannot accept it. In an effort to find the truth about his fate, she follows his route, despite brutal encounters and pleas to turn back. This film is dedicated to the journalists who were killed in Yugoslavia. Marie Trintignant, Alun Armstrong and Christopher Clarke. [2:10]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman is thrown onto the hood of a car by a man who begins trying to rape her (he spreads her legs and acts like he is going to kiss her). There is a reference to a young girl having been raped. A man and woman kiss passionately and they appear to begin having sex as they stand against a wall -- they're breathing heavily. A woman says that she has been dreaming of her husband's hands and mouth. A man and woman kiss and hug a few times and they kiss and dance. A man and woman are shown sleeping in bed together (the man is bare-chested). A woman gets out of bed wearing a tank top and pajama bottoms. A little girl is shown in a bathtub a couple of times; we see her bare chest and knees.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - A man and woman are driving and they crash after bombs explode around them. Bombs explode around a car; the passengers run into an abandoned building for cover and the explosions continue outside. A tank drives over the back of a car, a woman is dragged out, hit in the face twice (she has a bloody nose and mouth), and is thrown onto the hood of the car by a man who begins trying to rape her (he spreads her legs and acts like he is going to kiss her). A man is shoot in the head and slumps to the ground (we see his body with a bloody head wound several times after that). A man is shot through the chest and falls to his knees. People are dragged out of buildings and shot in the streets. A group of children run screaming into a building, and a man throws a grenade after them; the grenade then explodes. We see a bombed-out bus on the side of a road with bloody bodies scattered on the ground around it; the camera focuses on a girl who has a bloody head wound and her thighs are bloody (it is said that she was raped). Dead bodies hang by their feet along a street, and we see burned-out cars with charred remains. Soldiers shot at and around a group of people; a man freezes in fear and has a panic attack. People try to get across a field that is watched by snipers; a woman is trapped when a sniper comes off his perch to urinate (we see the stream of urine and hear the trickle) and walks near her; she runs and is fired upon. There is a battle scene with tanks firing, planes and helicopters flying overhead and soldiers on foot firing and being shot; when the soldiers are hit by bullets they are thrown into the air and land hard on the ground. There are many scenes of dead bodies scattered in fields, along roads, piled up by ditches, etc., and most of them have blood on them. A group of soldiers lies dead with bloody bullet holes on a wall behind them. There is a scene of a room full of open coffins containing bodies. We see a man's bloody and charred arm as a bandage is removed. A wounded woman is discovered in a building (she has blood dripping from her mouth) and we watch her die. A group of people enters a bombed out hospital; fires burn, rubble falls around them, smoke billows, we see wounded people lying unconscious in beds, and there are more explosions. A man talks about the brutality of war: he talks about women being raped, and states that, "they cut your stomach out," "they cut out your eyeballs to keep score," "it's a blood bath...they are killing anything that moves," and "they slit the throats of children." A man talks about a man having been killed and a man and woman talk about a man being dead, and the details of how he was killed (a house he was in collapsed after being bombed) and that his body will not be returned. We hear a news report that a reporter has been shot and killed. A shot is fired at a car, an air raid siren blows and people run and drop to the ground as bombs explode around them. A man and a woman make their way out of a building while there are explosions and rubble falls around them. Bombs explode near a house and hotel and people scramble in panic trying to find cover, and we see a man carrying an unconscious child through the street. A woman tumbles down the side of a hill to a road below. There are several scenes (from TV news footage) that show children wasting away from starvation and refugees (some sick and/or wounded) walking dazed along dirt roads. A group of people walks through a heavily armed checkpoint fearing they will be killed. We see photos on a computer screen of a man threatening a woman with a gun and someone says that he probably shot her after the photograph was taken. We see a photograph of children playing soccer in a rubble-covered street with bombed out buildings behind them. A man yells at a woman in frustration. A man threatens another man with his crutch (it appears to be in a joking manner). A woman yells at a group of people and pushes them away from her, a woman yanks a bag away from another woman angrily, and a woman stumbles and falls to the floor.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 71 F-words (one is graffito on a statue), 2 obscene hand gestures, 33 scatological terms (2 of which are in French and not translated in English), 5 anatomical references, 4 mild obscenities, 4 religious profanities, 6 religious exclamations and some name-calling.


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SUBSTANCE USE - A man is shown snorting cocaine, and a man and woman take a drug to go to sleep. People are shown smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol in several scenes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Courage, freedom, competition, egos, jealousy, civil war, luck, fortune, love, quitting.

MESSAGE - Love can drive us to do very courageous --or foolhardy -- things.

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