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Not suitable under 9; parental guidance to 11 (violence, themes, scary scenes)
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|Children under 9||Not suitable due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children aged 9–11||Parental guidance recommended due to violence, themes and scary scenes.|
|Children over the age of 11||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:||Breadwinner, The|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes, violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
In a land scorched by the searing, desert sun; invaded by countless foreign armies; and governed by brutal Taliban forces, there lives a young girl called Parvana (voice of Saara Chaudry). Parvana’s father, like the land itself, bears the scars of war. Outwardly, he appears weak and ravaged but inwardly he is strong and wise, having ensured his daughters were educated as though they were sons. While trying to sell some items at the marketplace, a chance encounter with a Taliban soldier sets in motion a series of unfortunate events that will change Parvana’s life forever. Having refused to give his young daughter to the soldier in marriage, Parvana’s father (voice of Ali Badshah) is ruthlessly arrested and sent to prison, leaving his wife and three children to fend for themselves. In a land where women are not allowed outside except in the company of a male family member, where they cannot buy food, set foot in a shop and constantly risk being beaten or killed simply by their presence in society, things look bleak and hopeless. With no other choice, Parvana cuts her hair, dons the clothes of her dead brother and sets out as a boy to find work in order to feed her family. She is not the only one who has had to do this and soon encounters her old friend, Shauzia (voice of Soma Chhaya), who is also pretending to be a boy in order to survive. Fearing for her daughter’s life each time she leaves the house, Parvana’s mother, Fattema (voice of Laara Sadiq), attempts to arrange a marriage for Parvana’s older sister, Soraya (voice of Shaista Latif). Meanwhile, Parvana is determined to find her father and help him come back home. With the country on the brink of war and rapidly descending into chaos, this proves far more difficult than she could ever have imagined. Will Parvana find her father before it is too late? When her family is separated, will they find their way back home and will there be a home to return to?
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; Gender inequality and male domination; Religious fanaticism; False imprisonment; Foreign invasion; Arranged marriage; Death; Family separation.
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.
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.
There are some sexual references in this movie, including:
There is some coarse language in this movie, including:
The Breadwinner is an animated drama depicting the plight of an Afghan family. Based on the book by Deborah Ellis, the film provides lots of topics for discussion. While it is portrayed as a cartoon, the film is full of heavy, confronting content that is not suitable for younger viewers. For older children and teens it provides an in-depth look at what life is really like for women in Afghanistan.
The main message from this movie is that despite the fact that women and girls, in Taliban era Afghanistan, are given no voice and no rights, they are just as capable and resourceful (if not more so) as their male counterparts.
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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