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Here | 2012 | R | - 6.3.5

An American cartographer (Ben Foster) working in Armenia falls in love with an Armenian ex-pat and photographer (Lubna Azabal). Narrated by Peter Coyote. Directed by Braden King. [2:06]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A woman swims topless (we see her bare breasts as she swims) and a man takes off his shirt (we see his bare chest and he is wearing boxer-style underwear) and he makes a joke about bubbles hitting his genitals; the two swim next to one another, the man holding the woman in his arms, they touch one another's faces and stare at one another longingly (we continue to see the woman's bare breasts for an extended amount of time).
 A man and a woman wrap their arms around one another and kiss passionately; the man lifts the woman up and pushes her into the backseat of a car, he climbs on top of her (we see her legs wrapped around his waist) and sex is implied. Sex is implied after a man and a woman kiss passionately; we see them running their hands over one another's bodies and moments later we see the woman awake in bed (the man is not seen). A man and a woman stand very closely and touch each other's faces sensually. A man and a woman kiss. A man kisses a woman on the temple. A woman kisses a man on the cheek. A man and a woman hug.
 A taxi drives next to a woman walking on a street, the male driver makes a sexual advance and then offers her money for performing oral sex (she refuses and he drives away).
 A woman is seen taking off her shirt in the background (we see a blurry image of her bare back). A woman wearing a long dress slips off her pants under the dress; no nudity is visible.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A man shouts at soldiers, one of whom shoves the man and he shoves back; four soldiers then grab the man as he shouts until a woman breaks up the fight and the man storms away.
 A man shouts at a woman. A man shouts at a woman and she shouts back. A woman shouts and ducks in a mock panic, hiding in the front seat of a car.
 It is implied that a woman's father is very ill; we see him lying in a bed and it is implied that he dies soon after. A woman asks her mother how her sick father is doing; the woman appears very upset when she speaks about her ill husband. On multiple occasions we hear a narrator read various texts, including one that describes how a man wrapped his feet in strips of cloth because they were bleeding while other men were starving to death. A man tells a woman that he would run away as a child, going on walks for days that would worry his mother and father until he returned. An older man remarks that his son had "gone to fight" as a soldier in a war. A man sarcastically asks if a lamb has been slaughtered in a woman's honor. A woman jokingly tells a man and a woman that she and the woman used to spy on boys urinating behind a school.
 A woman driving a car is distracted, she looks up and sees a herd of sheep on the road, she swerves to avoid hitting them, she swerves again and runs off the road and into a fence, and the car begins to smoke; the car is seen sputtering and jerking later and the male passenger and female driver are unharmed. A man angrily pushes a computer off a table and it lands with a crash on the ground.
 A man throws up: we hear him gagging and heaving and we see vomit leaving his mouth as a woman watches him. A man driving a car has to pull over to vomit; a woman watches and we see vomit leave his mouth.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 8 F-words, 1 not fully enunciated F-word, 7 scatological terms, 1 anatomical term, 2 mild obscenities, name-calling (dog), 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - Throughout the movie we see men and women drinking liquor and wine, a man serves two women and another man a homemade liquor that a woman warns can "put down" people (we later see the other man visibly hung-over and vomiting from excessive drinking), a man jokingly offers another man a shot of liquor to make his hangover go away, a man jokingly asks a woman to tell an older man to get him a beer, and a woman makes a remark to a man that her father is sick due to his excessive drinking. An older man is seen smoking cigarettes throughout the entire movie, and we see men in the background smoking cigarettes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Expatriation, cartography, family ties, Armenian-Iraqi relations, loyalty, distrust.

MESSAGE - Sometimes it takes a long journey to find meaning in life.

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