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Sobibor | 2018 | NR | – 5.9.4

content-ratingsWhy is “Sobibor” rated NR? The MPAA has not rated this film. The Kids-In-Mind.com evaluation includes many scenes of non-sexual nudity and a couple of groping and leering scenes, many scenes of mass murder, many scenes of sadistic treatment of prisoners, bloody beatings and executions, and some strong language. Read our parents’ guide below for details on sexual content, violence & strong language.”


Based on events that occurred in the Polish Sobibór extermination camp during WWII: Led by a Soviet officer (Konstantin Khabenskiy) military and civilian prisoners manage to escape their Nazi guards, while knowing that some of them are not going to make it. Also with Christopher Lambert, Mariya Kozhevnikova, Michalina Olszanska, Philippe Reinhardt, Maximilian Dirr, Mindaugas Papinigis and Wolfgang Cerny. Directed by Khabenskiy. Dialogue is spoken in Russian, German and Polish with English subtitles. A few phrases are spoken in Yiddish without translation. [Running Time: 1:50]

Sobibor SEX/NUDITY 5

 – Nazi soldiers watch prisoners as they exit trains and are received to a prison camp; families are separated and many women are told to undress to shower and we see many fully nude women (their bare breasts, pubic hair, abdomens, buttocks and backs are seen) walking through hallways and into a room (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). Women are shown wearing low-cut tops and dresses that reveal cleavage. Shirtless men are shown bathing in a couple of scenes (we see bare chests, abdomens and backs). A man gestures to unfasten his pants to show another man that he is circumcised as to prove that he is Jewish (it is below the frame).
 An officer asks a woman if she likes a piece of jewelry and she says no, he has another prisoner put the necklace on the woman’s neck and orders the man to tell the woman that she is beautiful and then to kiss her; the man kisses the woman on the cheek several times and the officer calls out for him to kiss her with passion. A woman kneels next to a wounded man on the ground and caresses his head and face, and she kisses his face and lips and they hold each other.
 A man asks if it “gets him going” for another man to watch prisoners be gassed to death. A Nazi officer talks about having loved a Jewish woman and that they were going to marry, but his father was an anti-Semite.


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Sobibor VIOLENCE/GORE 9

 - Armed Nazi soldiers watch prisoners as they exit trains and families are separated and many women are told to undress to shower, their hair is crudely cut off, and they are locked into a room where gas is emitted from what looks like shower heads, causing the women to gasp, cough violently (one woman vomits and we see goo) and then collapse dead (we see a pile of bodies) as an officer watches through a window. A train pulls into a prison camp and when the doors are opened we see large piles of dead bodies inside; one man inside is still alive with bloody wounds on his head and he speaks to another prisoner until a guard shoots the man in the head (blood spurts).
 A man is lured into a building and beaten to death with an axe butt: we see a lot of blood splatter and his head is split open exposing brain, bone and teeth. A man cuts a fence open with garden shears, and he and several other men run through the hole and they are shot by guards, and a few are thrown by explosions (probably from landmines) and all the men are shown dead (blood is not seen). Prisoners are lined up and told to kneel as guards pass among them counting off each tenth person to shoot in the head; we see blood spurt and bloody bullet holes in their heads as they fall forward. A drunk guard tells a prisoner that he will baptize him, he pours alcohol over his head as the prisoner pleads to have his wife back and the guard lights a lighter setting the man on fire; another guard shoots the flaming man, killing him. A guard tries on a coat that is stained with blood and another man hits him in the back with an axe. A guard squeezes a boy's neck between his feet as the boy helps him take off his boots; the boy struggles to get free and another man stabs the guard with sharp scissors in the neck and the eye (the guard yells, spits blood and we see a lot of blood as he falls into shelves knocking them over). A man stabs a guard in the neck and the guard falls off a chair (we see a knife in his neck and blood on the wound); the man uses pliers to pull out his teeth (behind a desk, so we cannot see) and says that he will make cufflinks out of them. An officer is shot and falls to the ground, guards in towers open fire on running prisoners, a gate is knocked down and many people run as they are shot at; several people fall dead with blood splattering (one is shot in the chest, one shot in the neck, a woman is shot through the back, guards are shot with blood splattering and a man carries a dead woman out of the camp and we see blood on her clothing); explosions throw dirt and rubble in the air.
 Armed guards and officers gather and drink at a prison camp where they force prisoners to run races pulling carts behind them and they are whipped on the back; the losers are then shot. Many armed guards wearing gas masks arrive at a prison camp, order prisoners onto their knees and shoot into the air, and they remove their masks and laugh making fun of the frightened prisoners.
 A guard calls out to a woman and plants an earring on her, pretends that she must have stolen it, he pushes her back and reaches into her dress where he finds a box cutter hidden and he yells until another man strangles him quietly (they then cover the body with a tarp). A prison guard beats a man with a belt and makes the prisoner count each lash; he makes him start from 1 several times and this is repeated in a later scene. A man in a crowded prison dorm yells and cries over the death of his wife and several men pile on top of him, beating him to make him stay quiet. A man with a knife threatens another man and after the other man is allowed to go, he gestures to unfasten his pants to show that he is circumcised to prove that he is Jewish (it is below the frame). Several men in a prison camp attack and beat two men in a dark passage and they cough and spit blood (we see them with bruised and bloody faces later). A guard yells at a boy and makes him polish the shoes on dead bodies.
 A man cries out that they will be killed soon and other men hold him to quiet him. A man realizes that his wife has been killed when he finds her ring and he becomes despondent. A young man hides in the dark and cries when he realizes that his entire family (including his young sister) has been killed. A young man talks about needing to stay drunk and he says that an officer asked him to make him a pin out of the gold teeth taken from dead prisoners. A man in shock says, "I've killed a human." A man says, "They've taught Jews to kill." We read that 400 prisoners broke out of Sobibór and that 100 died in the escape; the commandant was sentenced to life in prison
 Thick gray smoke plumes out of tall chimneys in a prison camp in several scenes. People dump suitcases into large bins and sort through possessions, collecting potentially valuable items like jewelry and fine clothing. A soldier puts on women's jewelry and poses for a photograph while laughing.
 A man on work detail is ordered to break up a tree stump in 5 minutes or every tenth prisoner will be shot; the man frantically hacks away at the stump until it splits and the officer is satisfied. Men are shown in work detail cutting trees and clearing brush using axes and saws. Armed prison guards patrol the camp with barking dogs in several scenes. Prisoners are forced to unload many bodies from train cars and guards patrol the area with dogs.
 Several men in a prison camp hide between buildings in a muddy path and discuss an escape plan. Men talk about a plan to escape a prison camp and they talk about "destroying the brain" (the one in charge) and others by stabbing them and strangling them. A Nazi soldier yells about someone having baptized Jewish prisoners in a river. We see stars (Jewish badges) sewn on the clothing of people gathered in a prison camp and as they are off-loaded from a train car. Groups of men talk about trying to escape a prison camp in a few scenes. We hear that an escape was tried in a camp and many people were killed. A man says, "You will all die of jealousy." A woman says that they must endure and have faith. A prison guard practices the Nazi salute in front of a mirror. An officer's hat has a skull on it. Nazi banners are on display in a prison camp. A man says, "My father taught me to forgive people... If they are people." Cheerful music plays over loud speakers of the camp throughout the movie. A woman confronts a man about "being up to something." A woman tells her teen son, "Don't scratch your pimple it'll leave a mark" as they are separated at a prison camp.
 A boy vomits after a guard is killed (we see goo).


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Sobibor LANGUAGE 4

 - 3 scatological terms, 3 anatomical terms, 9 mild obscenities, 1 derogatory term for Jewish people, name-calling (dirty stinking Jews, coward, lazy, fool, rat, bastard, scum, nightmare, Miss Busty), exclamations (you deserve your fate, stop it), 6 religious exclamations (God, God Will Save Us, Thank God, Lord). | profanity glossary |


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Sobibor SUBSTANCE USE

 - An officer drinks from a flask, a man pours a cup of cognac for a prisoner who says that he cannot drink it, and a man drinks from a bottle and stumbles down stairs.


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Sobibor DISCUSSION TOPICS

 - The Holocaust, Nazis, Soviet prisoners, order, guilt, cruelty, hate, fate, revenge.

Sobibor MESSAGE

 - The Holocaust was an unbearably horrible event and the courage some people mustered to escape a prison camp was immense.

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