Not recommended under 13 and parental guidance to 15 (Disturbing themes and images, lacks interest for younger viewers).
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|Children under 13||Not Recommended due to mature themes and lack of interest.|
|Children aged 13 -15||Parental guidance recommended due to mature themes.|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||At Eternity's Gate|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language.|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
At Eternity’s Gate is a biographical drama about the life of Vincent van Gogh. Vincent (Willem Dafoe) has moved to Paris (1886) to continue his love of painting. There he meets Paul Guaguin (Oscar Isaac) and the two become close friends who share their disdain of the current impressionist art forms. Two years later, Vincent moves to Arles where he paints some of his most famous work such as the Sunflowers and the Wheatfields. All of his life, Vincent suffers from mental illness, psychosis, and depression and is often delusional. He is disliked by the people of Arles and frequently attacked by the local villagers, including children. When Guaguin returns to Paris, Vincent suffers a breakdown and cuts off part of his ear to give to Guaguin.
Vincent spends a lot of his life in and out of mental asylums and he dies by a gunshot to the stomach. The film depicts this as him being shot by young boys, but there is speculation that it was suicide. Vincent was never successful during his lifetime and he lived a life of poverty, supported financially by his younger brother Theo (Rupert Friend) who traded in art.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Mental Illness; suicide.
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is some violence in this movie including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under the age of five, including the following:
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged five to eight, including the following:
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
In addition to the above-mentioned violent scenes, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children aged eight to thirteen, including the following:
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Some children in this age group could be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
At Eternity’s Gate is a biopic of the life of Vincent van Gogh. Unfortunately it is shot entirely with a hand-held camera to give it a sense of ‘cinéma vérité’, which also promotes motion sickness. Some of the photography and scenery is quite beautiful, however, and most of the dark aspects of the movie are spoken rather than shown. Dafoe is brilliant as the tortured artist and the movie will appeal to older teens and adults, but due to its content and the themes explored is not recommended for children under 13.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as.
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