Touched With Fire

2016 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD

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Touched With Fire

2016 R 1h 46m Blu-ray / DVD
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Committed to a mental hospital after going off their medications, bipolar patients Carla and Marco -- who share a passion for poetry -- soon fall in love. But the feelings that connect them fuel their volatility, and starts to spin out of control.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 1.78:1
English, English SDH, Spanish (Neutral)
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
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+
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age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Touched with Fire is a drama about a couple with bipolar disorder. It includes images of patients being dragged away -- kicking, fighting, and screaming -- in a hospital, as well as acting out in other ways and hurling objects across the room. In another scene, both main characters attempt suicide (by razor and shotgun). Language includes a few uses of "f--k" and "s--t" and other words. Prescription drugs are everywhere, one character smokes pot, and another drinks wine and whiskey. The main characters kiss and have sex; he's shown shirtless, and there's a side view of her breast. The movie makes the claim that many great artists may have had bipolar disorder and that their manic highs resulted in great artworks. The movie seems fascinated with this idea but at the same time advocates for those with mental health issues to take their medication. It's a mixed, complicated message.

Sexual Content

Kissing and making out; a character takes his shirt off. Sex act between the two main characters, which culminates in her getting pregnant. The side of a woman's breast is shown.


Characters attempt suicide, one by a razor, and another by a shotgun to the mouth. A man pushes and knocks a pregnant woman to the floor. Characters are physically dragged away while fighting, pushing, pulling, kicking, yelling, screaming. A temper tantrum; objects thrown around a room. Characters are locked in rooms screaming. A man is punched, and another is shoved down. Arguing. A car goes into a river, but the passengers survive.


"F--k" is used several times. Also infrequent uses of "motherf----r," "goddamn," "s--t."

Social Behavior

Makes arguments both for and against those with bipolar disorder taking prescribed medication.


Starbucks and McDonald's are mentioned, as are specific prescription drugs.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

A character smokes pot as a way of dealing with his bipolar disorder. Throughout the movie, various prescription medications are mentioned (Adderall, etc.), passed out, taken, and discarded. A character drinks glasses of wine in the tub and, later, glasses of whiskey.

  • 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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