Antarctica: A Year on Ice
Spending long stretches in Antarctica for more than a decade, documentarian Anthony Powell uses his camera to capture the extremes of human and animal existence, as well as the polar landscape's icy beauty.
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- Anthony Powell
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PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Antarctica: A Year on Ice is a documentary about workers at research stations who spend the winter months keeping things operational. It doesn't discuss exactly what the facilities do, focusing instead on regular workers, administrators, maintenance people, clerks, etc., and their physical and emotional experiences in a very remote place. Ultimately the movie celebrates teamwork and people from all different cultures coming together and cooperating. There's mention of urine and human waste, and dead and lost animals are shown; the humans aren't allowed to interfere with nature in any way, which includes helping the animals (seeing animals suffer without intervention may be upsetting for sensitive viewers). Language is limited to one use of "hell." A couple falls in love and marries; they kiss. Some brief comical drinking is shown. Though this life is challenging, the movie makes it look incredibly rewarding.
- Sexual Content
- A couple gets married on the base and kisses during the ceremony.
- Dead, injured, and lost animals (seals) are shown; heartbreakingly, the researchers aren't allowed to interfere with the environment in any way, which prevents them from helping. Woman is buzzed by a bird. "T3" syndrome causes people to become agitated; one man says he "wanted to stab someone with a fork."
- A use of "hell." References to vomit, urine, and other human waste.
- Social Behavior
- All different countries and cultures come together at the research stations. Participants work together to achieve common goals; they seem to transcend any typical prejudice, jealousy, or greed. Brief reference to climate change and melting ice.
- Disney World is mentioned.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Brief background drinking. Some brief comical drinking shown in "home movies."
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it