What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this movie is about an unmarried, pregnant young woman and her efforts to avoid telling the truth to her very traditional family. While there are no overtly sexual scenes and no nudity, there are numerous lush sequences showing long, sensual kisses and embraces between both married and unmarried couples. Integrated throughout the film are flashbacks to a European war zone with explosions, shooting, bombing, and some attention paid to the destruction of an orphanage with brief visuals of children who were victims. Other action sequences include a rampaging fire which destroys a beautiful vineyard, and a fistfight that occurs on a bus. The movie takes place in a California vineyard and the production and drinking of wine are important to the story. In two scenes leading characters purposefully get drunk.
- Families can talk about the movie's 1945 setting. How is Victoria's family different from families today? Do you think parents are as protective of their children today?
- Look up the term "magical realism" and its roots in the literature of Latin America. How did the filmmakers bring this unique way of telling a story to this movie? What techniques did they use?
- How did Paul's wartime experiences affect his life and his relationships afterward?
- Describe the ways in which Paul is "princely" and "heroic." What other elements does this movie have in common with fairy tales?