Source: Catholic News Service
Dismal drama in which a young woman (Nicole Kidman) is protected from gangsters by impoverished villagers (including Paul Bettany, Ben Gazzara and Lauren Bacall) in exchange for her servitude in their tiny Depression-era town nestled in the Rockies. But despite hard-won acceptance, the young woman is brutally betrayed and ultimately exacts her own appalling reprisals. Although artistically noteworthy, director Lars von Trier's thoroughly misanthropic, anti-American piece makes transparent sociopolitical statements on immigration and the economics of poverty while focusing solely on the depravity of humans as it is weighted down by an oppressive, morally bankrupt tone. Nihilistic view of society, several scenes of rape and forced prostitution, brief nudity and some brutal violence. The USCCB Office for Film & Broadcasting classification is O -- morally offensive. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R -- restricted.
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