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I'll Sleep When I'm Dead | 2004 | R | - 6.8.10

A former gang leader (Clive Owen), who now leads an isolated life in the English countryside, sleeping in a van and doing odd jobs, returns to London where he learns that his younger brother has just died. The coroner's report lists the death as a suicide but it soon becomes apparent that there is far more to it. Also with Malcolm McDowell, Charlotte Rampling and Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Directed by Mike Hodges. [1:43]

SEX/NUDITY 6 - A man is raped by another man (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man and a woman kiss, and then we see them sleeping in bed together -- when the man gets up we see his bare back and buttocks. A man and a woman kiss, they begin taking their clothes off and are interrupted by someone coming into the room. A man kisses a woman and hugs her, and a man kisses a woman on the cheek. A man talks about how women look at another man. Women wear low-cut dresses that reveal cleavage, bare backs and shoulders.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 8 - Two men grab a man, drag him into an abandoned building, and hold his arms while another man pulls his pants down and starts thrusting behind him (we hear the man yell in pain and see him later in obvious pain). We see a person floating in a tub of water that's tinged red from blood. A man finds another man dead in a bathtub that's filled with blood-tinged water; we see a large bloody wound on the dead man's throat. A man is thrown out of a car, three other men kick and punch him (he rolls around on the ground) and one man urinates on him (we see the man's bloody face). We see a dead body covered to the shoulders by a sheet. A man shoots a man (we hear the shot off-screen). A man beats another man with many punches (we hear the blows and see the man's bloody face), and another man holds him by the throat. A dog is shot (we hear it cry and see it lying on the floor). A coroner describes in clinical detail what happened to a man when he was raped by another man. There is also a discussion about what happens psychologically to men who have been raped, especially if they have inadvertently climaxed during their ordeal. There is a discussion about the psyche of rapists. A man holds a gun on a man, and a woman holds a shotgun on a man. A man talks about someone being dead. A man threatens to kill a man, and a man threatens another man with violence. A man imagines that his bathtub is filling with blood-tinged water. A man vomits (we hear gagging), and another man vomits (we hear gagging and see goo). Blood-tinged water drains down a bathtub drain. A man pretends to be vomiting. A body bag is unzipped and reveals a man that's alive but bound and gagged and wearing a woman's bra.


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LANGUAGE 10 - 50 F-words, 10 sexual references, 6 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 2 mild obscenities, 1 religious exclamation.


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SUBSTANCE USE - People smoke, drink alcohol, and snort cocaine.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Rape, homosexuality, bisexuality, suicide, memories, death of a sibling, legacies, drug dealing, mental breakdowns, grief, premonition, truth, revenge, power, greed, abandonment, escape, wasted lives, gang life, criminality, jealousy.

MESSAGE - People don't really change.

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