1,000 Times Good Night

2014 NR 1h 57m DVD

1,000 Times Good Night

2014 NR 1h 57m DVD
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After a near-death experience, top war photojournalist Rebecca (Juliette Binoche) is forced to choose between her work and the family on whom she depends. Putting family first, the conviction that her photos make a difference remains, making it difficult to walk away entirely.
Juliette Binoche, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
Erik Poppe
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 15+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 15+
age 15+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that 1,000 Times Good Night is a serious drama starring Juliette Binoche as a war photographer whose husband wants her to choose between her family and her dangerous occupation. Loosely based on Norwegian director Erik Poppe's own experiences as a press photographer, the movie does highlight global violence -- female suicide bombers prepare for their mission and detonate themselves to cause collateral damage; an armed Sudanese henchman goes on a killing spree at a Kenyan refugee camp -- but none of the main characters die (although one is injured). There's a brief scene of marital lovemaking and some strong language between adults, but it's the mature themes and difficult subject matter that make this family drama best left for high-school-aged viewers and adults.

Sexual Content

Rebecca and her husband kiss and make love; they're shown kissing on the bed, with him shirtless on top of her.


Rebecca photographs a female suicide bomber's day before she sets off an explosion, killing herself and bystanders. The explosion seriously injures Rebecca, who feels complicit in the bombing because she drew attention to her. Rebecca is hospitalized but released. When Rebecca and her daughter Steph go to Kenya, the refugee camp they're visiting is overrun by armed men who open fire on the camp. Rebecca continues to photograph the female suicide bombers and, to her horror, realizes they've chosen a young girl to sacrifice for the cause.


Occasional but not frequent language includes "s--t," "shut up," and hurtful things like "It would have been better if you'd died."

Social Behavior

Encourages people to consider jobs they're passionate about and that make a difference and educate others. Rebecca's story also makes it clear that if you're truly gifted at something, you shouldn't have to give it up -- and that the first world needs to know what's happening in third-world and war-torn countries.


Land Rover, Volkswagen, Canon cameras, Apple computer.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink at home, during meals.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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