Australian Council on Children and the Media

Camino Skies

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Not suitable under 8, parental guidance to 10 (adult themes, coarse language)

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This topic contains:

  • overall comments and recommendations
  • details of classification and consumer advice lines for Camino Skies
  • a review of Camino Skies completed by the Australian Council on Children and the Media (ACCM) on 8 August 2019.

Overall comments and recommendations

Children under 8 Not suitable due to coarse language and adult themes of grief and loss
Children aged 8–10 Parental guidance due to coarse language and adult themes of grief and loss. May lack interest.
Children aged 11-13 Ok for this age group though may lack interest
Children over the age of 13 Ok for this age group

About the movie

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: Camino Skies
Classification: PG
Consumer advice lines: Mild coarse language
Length 80 minutes

ACCM review

This review of the movie contains the following information:

A synopsis of the story

Camino Skies follows the pilgrimage of six strangers from New Zealand and Australia. Attempting to deal with adversity and loss, these antipodean pilgrims walk the 800-kilometre Camino de Santiago seeking personal growth and inner peace.

Themesinfo

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.

Grief and loss; Death of family/children; Disability and illness; Spirituality

Use of violenceinfo

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.

  • Nothing of concern

Material that may scare or disturb children

Under fiveinfo

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:

  • An older woman shows her arthritic fingers which are swollen and disfigured – This may disturb younger viewers
  • A brief close-up shows a damaged toe in which the toenail is missing

Aged five to eightinfo

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:

  • Several women burst into tears throughout the film due to either pain or grief – This may distress younger viewers

Aged eight to thirteeninfo

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:

  • A woman describes losing her husband to cancer, and then her son shortly after in a boating accident – This is discussed throughout the film and causes her great distress
  • A man describes losing his daughter to an illness – He is often shown becoming distressed by this

Over thirteeninfo

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.

  • Nothing further of concern

Product placement

The following products are displayed or used in this movie:

  • Kathmandu clothing
  • Columbia clothing
  • New Balance clothing
  • Nike clothing
  • Evian Water
  • Samsung camera
  • Mercedes Benz

Sexual references

There are some sexual references in this movie, including:

  • An older woman makes a joke about “coming”, however, this is likely to be missed by both younger and older children

Nudity and sexual activity

There is some nudity and sexual activity in this movie, including:

  • Nothing of concern

Use of substances

There is some use of substances in this movie, including:

  • Frequent drinking of beer and spirits – Numerous occasions in which the subjects have shots of spirits
  • An older woman visibly takes pain medication throughout the film

Coarse language

There is some coarse language in this movie, including:

  • Fuck
  • Shit
  • Bastard
  • Bugger
  • Pissed off

In a nutshell

Camino Skies is a New Zealand documentary following the pilgrimage of six people from different walks of life along the Camino de Santiago.  This film explores grief and loss, personal and physical struggle, and coming to terms with immense change.  While slow at times, this documentary is both heart-breaking and uplifting but will likely only entertain older audiences.  Parental guidance is recommended to 10 due to coarse language and adult themes of loss and grief. 

The main message from this movie are overcoming adversity through determination and the support of others.

Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:

  • Supporting others in times of need

This movie could also give parents the opportunity to discuss with their children attitudes and behaviours, and their real-life consequences, such as:

  • Drinking (alcohol) heavily

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