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Not recommended under 9, parental guidance 9-13 (Violence; Disturbing scenes; in French with English subtitles)
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|Children under 9||Not recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes|
|Children aged 9 to 13||Parental guidance recommended due to violence and disturbing scenes.|
|Children aged 13 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines. Other classification advice (OC) is provided where the Australian film classification is not available.
|Name of movie:||Belle and Sebastian|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mild themes and coarse language|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Sebastian (Felix Bossuet) is a six-year-old boy, who lives with his grandfather Cesar (Tcheky Karyo) and his cousin Angelina (Margaux Chatelier) in a small village in the French Alps near the Swiss-French Border during Germany’s occupation of France in 1943. The film opens with Sebastian and his grandfather roaming through the mountain countryside. When Sebastian and Cesar come across the remains of a savaged sheep we learn that a monstrous wild dog referred to as “The Beast” is believed responsible for the deaths of a number of sheep in the district. The beast is number one on the village’s most wanted list with mobs of villagers continuously trying to hunt-down and kill the sheep-killer.
Sebastian spends most of his days exploring the countryside and comes upon ‘The Beast’. The animal turns out to be far from the wild dog it is believed to be and the pair becoming firm friends. When Sebastian manages to give the dog a bath in a stream his new friend is transformed into a beautiful white Pyrenean Mountain Dog, who Sebastian promptly names Belle because she is so beautiful.
Sebastian keeps his friendship with Belle a secret and does his best to hide her since, although it is obvious to Sebastian that Belle has been wrongly accused of killing sheep, his grandfather and the rest of the villagers are convinced otherwise.
The loss of sheep to wild dogs is not the only problem the villagers have to face because a small army of Nazi soldiers led by the stone faced Lieutenant Peter (Andreas Pietschmann) arrive in the village. The Nazis are after Jewish refugees who have been escaping over the mountain passes into Switzerland and suspect the village doctor, Doctor Guillaume (Dimitri Storoge) of assisting the refugees to escape across the mountain into Switzerland.
When one night, Doctor Guillaume is unable to lead a group of refugees across the mountain, it falls to Sebastian, Angelina and Belle to undertake the perilous mission.
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.
War and occupation; Nazi soldiers; the French Resistance; dogs killing sheep
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.
The film contains violence against animals and people including the depiction of blood, threats of violence and war related themes. Examples include:
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 and scary visual images, there are some scenes in this movie that could scare or disturb children under 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.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes
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.
Children in this group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes and also:
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.
Children in this age group are unlikely to be disturbed by anything in this film.
Nothing of concern
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
The film contains some occasional low-level sexual activity and mild crude images. Examples include:
There is some use of substances in this movie, including:
The film contains one or two low-level coarse words and name calling. Examples include:
Belle and Sebastian is French film based on a children’s book by Cecile Aubry. It is a heartwarming adventure with attractive main characters – an appealing young boy and beautiful dog - that will appeal to both older children and adults. The film also contains some breathtaking scenery. There are a number of violent, scary and disturbing scenes, so the film is not recommended for under 9s, with parental guidance recommended for 9-13 year olds. The film is in French with English subtitles, so would be difficult for children who are not reading well to follow.
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