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A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries | 1998 | R | - 4.3.5

Leelee Sobieski is the devoted daughter of wounded soldier/writer Kris Kristofferson in this tale of a close-knit American family living in Paris. Also with Barbara Hershey, Jesse Bradford, Dominique Blanc, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Luisa Conlon, Samuel Gruen, Jane Birkin, Harley Cross, Virginie Ledoyen and Isaac de Bankole. [2:08]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - Some sexual innuendo and several kisses -- we see a boy and girl kiss a few times. A young boy asks a young girl to take off her shirt (she does and we see her slip) as well as her skirt (she refuses); he then unbuttons his pants and asks her if she wants to touch his penis. She refuses and tries to walk past him (see Violence/Gore below). A girl admits to a man that she's been promiscuous, but she doesn't say anything explicit. A man tells his daughter she can have intercourse in their house, but we never see her doing so. In a stage play, a woman in a bra and mesh/leather pants kisses a mannequin head and a man rubs his clothed crotch (we see this in a close-up shot, but he's in the background). Boys and girls embrace each other as they slow dance. A man in an open robe (a bit of his bare chest is visible) caresses the shoulders of a woman wearing a short slip and robe. We see a girl in her bra and underwear. We briefly see crude illustrations of a breast and penis.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 3 - A woman slaps a boy and a man is slapped in a TV show. A boy is punched several times and gets a bloody nose; boys scuffle and roll on the ground. A young boy grabs a young girl's wrist as she tries to walk past him; she kicks and struggles with him before breaking away. A girl kicks at a boy but doesn't hurt him. A woman pulls a boy by the ear and locks him in a closet. A woman throws sand in another's face. In a stage play, we see a woman pretending to inject her arm and another woman's neck with a huge syringe (the other woman falls down after being injected). A man is wheeled into an ambulance on a gurney. We see a little menstrual blood on a chair seat.


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LANGUAGE 5 - About 5 F-words, several anatomical references, a few scatological references, lots of mild obscenities, several insults and an ethnic slur.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Family relationships, Paris, being an outsider, loss of a parent, adoption, promiscuity, teen drinking and smoking, teen pregnancy, miscarriage.

MESSAGE - A close-knit family can survive anything.

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