In this well-crafted drama based on a true story, a dark-skinned girl born to white Afrikaner parents faces deep-seated prejudice in the era of apartheid. Rejected by blacks and whites alike, she struggles to find a sense of identity.
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- Anthony Fabian
- This movie is
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1Subtitles
English SDHClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; behind-the-scenes featurette.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Skin is a complicated drama about racial politics and family relationships that follows a girl born to white parents but who has a dark complexion and black features. Set in South Africa during apartheid, the film deals with heavy and complicated themes that younger children may not quite grasp. But teens will appreciate the message -- that identity is much more than just skin deep. Expect scenes of explicit bigotry and some racially motivated violence.
- Sexual Content
- A half-dressed man caresses a fully clothed woman. Lovers are shown lounging in bed under covers, their shoulders bare.
- Several disturbing scenes of bigotry. A teacher uses corporal punishment in the classroom. A man arms himself with a gun to protect his family. A child rubs bleach all over herself in an attempt to make her skin whiter. A mother slaps her daughter. A man fires a gun at another man, who is later beaten by cops. A ritual involves cutting a baby's skin. A man breaks a car window and menacingly touches his wife. Cops ransack and raze a village. A man beats his wife.
- A man calls a woman a "bitch" after she resists his unwanted advances.
- Social Behavior
- The movie offers the powerful message that strength can be found from within. But it also suggests that while parents may be well-meaning, they don't always do the right thing and are sometimes too weak to fight an entrenched, unjust society.
- Not applicable
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- A man drinks beer at home.
- 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