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Not suitable under 12; parental guidance to 14 (suicide themes)
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|Children under 12||Not suitable due to suicide themes.|
|Children aged 12-14||Parental guidance recommended due to suicide themes.|
|Children aged 15 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.
|Name of movie:||Close|
|Consumer advice lines:||Suicide themes|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Leo (Eden Danbrine) and Remi (Gustav de Waele) have been best friends since they were little, enjoying playing together and having sleepovers at each other’s homes. However, when they turn 13 and begin high school, things take a turn for the worse when the other kids tease them for being ‘a couple’. One of the boys is embarrassed by this and starts to push his friend away. His friend can’t understand why this is happening and becomes very hurt, upset and angry.
The class goes on an excursion to the beach one day and one of the boys is noticeably absent. On returning to school, the parents are there to meet them and the children are told to find their parents and go to the gymnasium. It transpires that the boy who had been rejected by his friend has taken his life. The other boy now has to live with the guilt of feeling responsible for his friend’s actions. He can’t talk about it with anyone and tries to fill his time with playing ice-hockey. After many months, he finally builds up the courage to tell his friend’s mother that it was his fault that the other boy died. The mother is angry at first and tells him to go away but soon realises that he has been carrying this burden for a very long time. She reaches out to him and the boy is finally able to release the pent-up emotions he has been feeling.
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.
Teenage suicide; Bullying.
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.
The following products are displayed or used in this movie:
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:
Close is a Belgian film with subtitles about a very important, topical issue. The film is slow moving, dramatic and intense but with some beautiful cinematography. The subject of teen suicide makes the film unsuitable for children under 12 and parental guidance is recommended for children aged 12 – 14 years old.
The main messages from this movie are to know that words and deeds can have a very profound impact; and that redemption is always possible.
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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