Little Ashes

2009 R 1h 52m DVD

Little Ashes

2009 R 1h 52m DVD
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This evocative film explores the relationship between two of the 20th century's most notable Spanish artists: poet Federico García Lorca and surrealist Salvador Dalí. Along with filmmaker Luis Buñuel, they take the country by storm.
Robert Pattinson, Javier Beltran, Matthew McNulty, Marina Gatell, Esther Nubiola, Adria Allue, Simón Andreu, Ruben Arroyo, Adrian Devant, Sue Flack, Ferran Audi, Diana Gomez
Paul Morrison
Widescreen 1.85:1
English SDH
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that even though this drama stars Twilight heartthrob Robert Pattinson, it's a mature film for mature audiences. It deals with sexual exploration and suppressed homosexual behavior in a restrictive society, and scenes depict intercourse, homosexual awakening, full nudity, bare breasts, and masturbation. There's also strong language (including "f--k" and "s--t"), references to bodily functions, and sexual slurs directed at homosexuals. Several violent scenes show death by firing squad, the beating of a gay man, authentic wartime footage with dead bodies, and a graphic, close-up shot of an eye being sliced.

Sexual Content

Scenes include male frontal nudity, many images of bare breasts and buttocks, passionate heterosexual and homosexual lovemaking, intercourse, masturbation, and a short simulated sex scene between puppets.


During a tense sequence, a firing squad shoots three men. One scene shows a young homosexual man being severely beaten. Newsreel war footage includes images of dead bodies on the ground. The most disturbing image is a close-up depicting the slicing of a human eye. There's a bare knuckle fight with no serious injuries.


Includes several forms of "f--k," as well as "piss," "s--t," "bastard," and "faggot."

Social Behavior

Central characters struggle for artistic, social, and sexual freedom in a rigid society. In the case of Federico Garcia Lorca, ideals and human values are sacred, and for this he pays the ultimate price. Homosexuals are treated with disgust and violence in some instances; with compassion and understanding in others. Friendship and loyalty are recognized as qualities to be treasured.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Cigarette smoking is seen continuously, which is accurate for the 1920s setting. Many scenes with young people drinking alcohol, including some excessive drinking and drunkenness.

  • 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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