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Waterland | 1992 | R | - 5.4.5

Jeremy Irons stars as an History teacher, who responds to a question about the meaning of History by launching a meandering airing of his family's secrets, which include a number of closeted skeletons. There's sex and murder.

SEX/NUDITY 5 - Bare male bottoms, and teenage girls in modest underwear. A young man is shown in is long-johns and it is obvious that he is aroused. Bare breasts. Two teens are shown making love several times, in various locales: a train, an abandoned hay storage outbuilding.


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VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A man is found dead, floating in a river. When he is turned over he is bluish white and bloated. Some pushing and shoving between two young men. A young woman is shown in the early stages of an abortion (the old-fashioned way), and is heard screaming out in fear and pain.


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LANGUAGE 5 - The F-word is used several times. Scatological terms are also used several times.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Drinking, "intoxication shows them for what they are: mindless fools." Murder, jealousy, incest, premarital (teen) sex, teenage pregnancy, abortion, kidnapping.

MESSAGE - The very insignificance of a single event, however dreadful it may seem at the time, is where hope dwells.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

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.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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