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The Other Son | 2012 | PG-13 | - 3.5.5

After two families, one Israeli and one Palestinian, discover that their sons were accidentally switched at birth, they must confront their cultural and religious differences while trying to embrace their children. With Emmanuelle Devos, Pascal Elbe, Jules Sitruk and Mehdi Dehbi. Directed by Lorraine Levy. In French, Hebrew and Palestinian Arabic with English subtitles (original title: "Le Fils de l'autre"). [1:45]

SEX/NUDITY 3 - A young man grabs a young woman's face and kisses her, the young woman shouts, pulls away and shoves the young man before storming away. A husband and his wife kiss and hug. A wife kisses her husband. A young man kisses a young woman on the cheek, and the young woman pulls away and laughs. A man holds hands with his wife and he kisses her hand. A woman hugs her husband.
 We see a woman wearing a bikini (cleavage is visible). We see men and women and young men and young women wearing bathing suits and bikinis in a beach scene (men's bare chests are visible, women's cleavage, bare abdomens and legs are visible). We see a man without a shirt and his bare chest and back are briefly visible before he pulls on a shirt. We see a shirtless young man in bed and his bare back and chest are visible. We see a young man's bare chest and back as he stands in a room wearing his boxer-brief style underwear during a physical exam.
 A wife asks her husband if he thinks she had an affair and got pregnant, the man insists that he didn't want to ask her and the woman insists that she did not have an affair. A woman tells a man that she was going to answer the "question everyone was asking" and she then tells the man that she did not have an affair. A young man and a young woman tickle each other, the young man teases the young woman, implying that he wants to have sex with her and the young woman dismisses the young man, saying it would be like having sex with her brother. A young man teases another young man, saying that he could "sell his body" for money. A young man teases another young man (raised as his brother) if smoking cigars "got girls." A young man asks another young man if he has a girlfriend, the young man says no and asks the young man the same thing and he answers, "They come and go." A young woman jokes with a young man, saying that the young man is another young man's new boyfriend.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A man attacks a young man as he walks along a beach, three other men join in, and one man stabs the young man as a second young man and then a third young man come to his aid; we see the injured young man on the ground with blood on his stomach and we then see him in the hospital with a large bandage over his eye while the second young man that had come to his defense is seen with two stitches on his forehead and a black eye.
 A young man shouts at another young man, grabs a can of soda from him, throws it on the ground, and then shoves him. A young man shoves past his older brother as he walks through of doorway. A husband shouts at his wife and slams a glass against a table repeatedly. A wife shouts at her husband. A wife shouts at her husband and he sighs angrily. A young man is upset and rushes out of a room shouting. A young man shouts at another young man (they were raised as brothers). A young man shouts at another young man.
 Two women are obviously upset when they are told by a doctor that their sons had been switched at birth and we see them crying. A young man angrily rips off his T-shirt and throws it on the ground.
 A woman tells another woman that her son died. A young man asks his older brother (they were not raised together) if a photograph was of his dead younger brother and the young man agrees. A young man repeats to another man that his younger brother had died. Two young men and two young women discuss how a young man had died after being taken into the sea on a current, despite the young man's training as a lifeguard. A woman tells a young man (her son) and her young daughter that she had a patient that had been suicidal but she had talked him out of killing himself and that he is still alive, many years later. It is implied that an older woman died and we see her family going to her funeral. A young man dramatically tells a woman (who had raised the young man as her son) that he will "switch his kippa for a suicide bomb." A woman tells her husband that she had been worried when giving birth that a missile could hit the hospital where she was. We hear a man describe how a hospital had been evacuated when a missile hit a hospital. A woman tells a young man (raised as her son) that on the night of his birth a missile hit the hospital and two newborns had been switched. A young man dramatically asks another young man if he had died how he would have been buried. A young man and two young women discuss how seeing people kill each other on television is different than having to kill a man in real life. Two men have a heated conversation about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict. Two young men joke that people sunbathing are "getting skin cancer."
 Throughout the movie we see armed guards and large walls with barbed wire at a checkpoint.
 We see a young man place a small clear container of what is implied to be urine on a man's desk and it is implied that the young man is going to be taking a drug test. A young man spits on the ground as he smokes a cigar.


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LANGUAGE 5 - At least 1 F-word, 2 sexual references, 5 scatological terms, 1 mild obscenity, name-calling (creep, lazy European, wanker, crazy, jerk, hick).


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SUBSTANCE USE - On multiple occasions we see young men smoking hashish cigarettes and marijuana cigarettes, and a young man admits to smoking hashish once or more a month. A young man and a young woman drink beer on a beach, men and women drink wine at dinner and a man is seen drinking liquor. Throughout the movie we see young men and men smoking cigarettes, two young men smoke cigars, a young man smokes a cigarette and his mother takes the cigarette and takes a drag, a young man jokingly asks his mother if she had smoked when she was pregnant if her baby would have smelled like nicotine, men and women smoke cigarettes in a café, a man asks a young man if he smokes cigarettes or hashish and the young man shakes his head no, and a young man asks his father if he and another young man can go outside and smoke a cigarette and he says yes.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Palestinian-Israeli conflict, children being switched at birth, racism, Judaism, Islam, overcoming conflict, bonds of family.

MESSAGE - The Palestinian-Israeli conflict is very difficult and implacable problem.

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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.

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