What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this boundary-pushing drama/thriller from celebrated Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar (and starring Antonio Banderas) is arguably his most perverse, controversial film to date, even more so than 2004's Bad Education. It contains kidnapping, graphic rape, nudity, sex, burn victims, murder, blood, pill-popping, and a forced sex-change operation, as well as supernatural elements and themes borrowed from the Frankenstein story. The English subtitles contain a few strong words, including "f--k" and "c--t."
- Families can talk about the movie's sexual relationships. Is there anything loving or consensual about any of them? Parents, talk to your teens about your own values regarding sex and relationships.
- How do the film's violent events affect you? Are they horrifying, or do they seem more like dark comedy? Is the violence necessary to the story?