FILM TITLE: PAPILLON
GENRE:
CONSUMER ADVICE: 16 L V
DISTRIBUTOR: EMPIRE ENTERTAINMENT
DIRECTOR: MICHAEL NOER
MAIN CAST: RAMI MALEK, CHARLIE HUNNAM,TOMMY FLANAGAN
LANGUAGE: The film contains fairly frequent instances of moderate to strong impact crude language. The language occurs in the context of swearing within the setting depicting harsh prison life.
NUDITY: Infrequent low to mild impact partial nudity, including displays of buttocks and female breasts, which does not occur in overtly sexual contexts.
PREJUDICE: NONE
SEX: NONE
VIOLENCE: Strong impact realistic physical and psychological violence, often including blood-letting and injury, occurs frequently.
BLASPHEMY: NONE
DRUG ABUSE: NONE
COMMENTS: The crime drama mystery film explores themes of escaping prison, friendship in adversity, prolonged solitary confinement, being framed for murder, crime, trauma, despair, optimism, survival, murder, plotting escape, loyalty and cruel conditions in historical penal colonies, presented in a biographical context. These themes are complex and mature and may be confusing to viewers under 16 years. The themes are also intense, based on real-life events and presented realistically with a sense of threat and menace as contained in the threat to the protagonist and his friend's lives and the cruel conditions under which prisoners were kept. Themes may therefore also be disturbing, upsetting and distressing for emotionally immature viewers under 16 years who are not yet able to regulate their emotions, particularly given the enhanced audio-visual effects of the cinematic format, which contributes to the impact of violence, and the overall impact of the film through enhanced visuals and realistic sound effects. Depictions of murder, violent fights for survival, and executions may also be psychologically harmful for viewers under 16 years, with depictions of cruelty and lack of empathy potentially resulting in desensitisation and moral harm for children below this age, who are highly susceptible to media influences. However, the film also contains a number of pro-social considerations, including historical and educational value in telling this biographical tale about historical conditions in penal colonies, and in the positive messages about loyalty, resilience, survival, triumph of the human spirit, triumph, optimism and hope, which will inspire more mature viewers of 16 years and older with the cognitive and emotional maturity and tolerance levels to appreciate and understand the positive messages contained within the potentially harmful portrayals.