The Reflecting Skin

1990 95 Mins Audio: English CC English, Maturity Rating 16+
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Watch or Download The Reflecting Skin 1990. Director Philip Ridley, Karen Bédard, Cast Viggo Mortensen, Lindsay Duncan, Duncan Fraser,

A young boy tries to cope with rural life circa 1950s and his fantasies become a way to interpret events. After his father tells him stories of vampires, he becomes convinced that the widow up the road is a vampire, and tries to find ways of discouraging his brother from seeing her. Movie The Reflecting Skin with English subtitles.

Drama, Horror, Thriller,

fire, radiation, vampire, surreal, widow, farm, cult, murder, surrealism, cancer, rural area, gasoline, killer, molestation, nuclear, midwest, ex soldier, graveyard, slingshot, 1950s,

The Reflecting Skin Parent guide
MPAA Reason
Rated R for intense violent behavior, and for sensuality.

BBFC Reason
strong sex references, nudity

BBFC Ratings info
THE REFLECTING SKIN is a drama about a young boy living in an isolated farming community in Canada. Sex: There is a scene in which two young boys watch a woman sitting on a chair and rubbing her hands over her clothed body as she moans with pleasure and breathes heavily, implying masturbation. Nudity: Two characters kiss passionately, after which we see the man lying naked on the woman's lap. A boy looks at a photograph of a naked woman posing, there is breast nudity only. A man covers himself in petrol before striking a match. The subsequent scene shows the area up in flames implying he has burnt himself to death. There are verbal references to child molestation. There is a scene in which some young boys blow up a frog with a reed and it explodes next to a woman. Her face becomes covered in blood and she screams. There is occasional sight of dead bodies.

Sex & Nudity
Sex & Nudity Reason
A woman is seen pleasuring herself and moaning. Not Graphic. Woman approaches and kisses a man, strokes his bare chest and then starts removing his shirt. A young boy opens her bedroom door to show the man then lying naked, held on the floor in the arms of the woman, who is completely dressed. Nudity includes male full rear nudity. Older brother has a photograph a naked woman in his wallet. The younger brother takes it out to look at it and brother tells him he can keep it. No explicit nudity. There is talk and suspicion of child molestation. Nothing shown, just talked about.

Violence & Gore
Violence & Gore Reason
Some children explode a frog in front of a woman, blood flies everywhere and covers the woman in blood. A man talks about his injuries, nothing graphic. Dead bodies are seen, they are not bloody but some of them are children and may be distressing for some viewers. A man sets himself on fire.

Profanity Reason
1 use of "bastard", a couple uses of "damn", 1 use of "shit"

Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

Frightening & Intense Scenes
Frightening & Intense Scenes Reason
Child abuse of various kinds is a recurring theme in the film. One adult character strokes a small boy flirtatiously, and this is disturbing to watch. A dead and rotting newborn baby is confused with being the fallen angel of a dead side character. Very disturbing.

BBC Films, Fugitive Features, British Screen Productions, National Film Trustee Company, Zenith Entertainment,

United Kingdom, Canada,





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