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18A(18A) Sexual Violence, Disturbing Content

Synopsis

Dir: Paul Verhoeven. French-language Drama. Based on the book 'Immodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy' by Judith C. Brown. A 17th-century nun (Virginie Efira) suffers visions that cause her faith to be questioned.

Content elements

  • Infrequent use of scatological slang, cursing, profanity, vulgar expressions, and sexual slurs
  • Infrequent references to sexual assault and abuse - little detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of hand-to-hand and weapons violence, including beheading - blood and detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of crucifixions, suicide, self-harm, self-immolation, and self-flagellation - some blood and detail; infrequent portrayals of stigmata and wounds - blood and detail; infrequent portrayals of suffering and torture - female frontal nudity, some detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual violence - female frontal nudity, some detail
  • Infrequent portrayals of sexual activity - breast nudity and female frontal nudity, detail
  • Frequent breast, buttock, and female frontal nudity in a non-sexual context
  • Infrequent portrayals of crude bodily functions - little detail

Thematic elements

  • Pleasure
  • Guilt
  • Faith

Classification rationale

Rated 18A for sexual violence, sexual activity, and disturbing content

Classification date

November 19, 2021

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