Source: Catholic News Service
Offbeat but well-made and strangely affecting Scottish coming-of-age tale about a voyeuristic teen (an excellent Jamie Bell). Deeply troubled after the drowning death of his mother, he leaves his father (Ciaran Hinds) and stepmother (Claire Forlaini), whom he suspects of poisoning his mother, and takes a kitchen job at an Edinburgh hotel where he falls for a personnel director (Sophia Myles) who is having an affair, as he discovers, with their married boss (Jamie Sives). Though there is ultimately forgiveness and redemption, many will be bothered by the aberrant elements of the highly improbable story—based on Peter Jinks' novel—and director David Mackenzie's film is best approached for its complex themes rather than its sometimes objectionable content. Some brief but strong sexual content, partial male and female nudity, adultery, nonmarital encounters, some rough language and profanity, blunt sexual talk, suicide and violence including attempted murder. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is L—limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R—restricted; under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.
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