Went to see the new film, The Black Swan tonight with some friends (it was only just recently released in France). I was a little apprehensive to see it in French after hearing how twisted and crazy of a film it was, but it ended up being fine and I understood it all–as much as one can, of course, for a film of that genre.
What I found interesting was the lack of control on who can enter the film. What I am talking about is age limits for certain movies based on ratings. What I have come to discover tonight is that these strict restrictions dont exist here. From my understanding, The Black Swan is rated R in USA meaning that kids under the age of 17 cannot go into the theatre without an adult.
Not only was it difficult to even find a rating on the French version of the movie, there was also absolutely no restrictions on it. Knowing about the storyline and certain scenes beforehand, I advised the 10-year-old girl that she should not come with us to see it. Her brother, 14, did end up coming but even that would have been a bit complicated in US.
Dont get me wrong, there is a system for ratings in France, but it seems the French are less worried to tell the general public how to raise their kids, or what films he/she can and cannot be subjected to.
Not sure what I prefer, but as a parent (and Au Pair) I find it is easier to explain to children that they cannot see a film based on the law, and not based on your general instinct….
All in all, good decisions were made at this household for a movie that was beyond mind boggling!