What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this bizarre British horror/fantasy from cult director Philip Ridley is filled with violent, terrifying images -- including plenty of blood and gore and people burning to death. The story is a classic deal-with-the-devil tale in which the hero pays an awful price to get what he wants -- but it also has elements of a sweet romance, and the main character learns to come to terms with the birthmark that has tormented him since childhood ... though not before he's done some pretty terrible things. Language is very strong, including near-constant use of "f--k," and there are some sexual situations, but no graphic nudity is shown.
- Families can talk about the film's violence. What affect did it have on you? Was it scary? Thrilling? Disturbing? What were the most powerful images?
- Could Jamie have learned to live with his birthmark, or did he need this harsh lesson about body image?
- Who do you think this movie is intended to appeal to? Does it succeed?