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THE CLUB

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THE CLUB

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 97m 1s

Release date 25/03/2016

BBFCInsight very strong verbal references to child sexual abuse

Genre(s) Drama

Director(s) Pablo Larraín

Cast includes Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Alfredo Castro, Alejandro Goic, Alejandro Sieveking, Jaime Vadell, Marcelo Alonso

Summary THE CLUB is a Chilean drama about a psychologist who is sent to provide counselling after a shocking incident at a retirement home for priests.

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 15/03/2016

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

THE CLUB is a Chilean drama about a psychologist who is sent to provide counselling after a shocking incident at a retirement home for priests.

Theme

Very strong verbal references to child sexual abuse occur throughout, although there are no visual depictions of the abuse. The references come from a man detailing how he was sexually abused by priests when he was a child. In one case, he shouts for several minutes outside the priests' house, including detail about the priests masturbating and ejaculating onto him and into his mouth, and how their semen tasted. Similar references are repeated later in the film. There is also a scene in which the man is shown having sex with a female prostitute, whom he asks to anally penetrate him in a re-enactment of some of the abuse he suffered.

Further issues include strong violence, including the suicide of a man who shoots himself in the head, and strong language, including 'f**k' and 'motherf**ker'.

Details

Title
THE CLUB
Also known as
EL CLUB
Year
2016
Distributor(s)
Network
Classified date(s)
19/02/2016
Main language
Spanish
Submitted run time
97m 1s
Approved footage
8731+8
BBFC reference
AFF336294
Registration number
CFJ38803
Remarks
Subtitled

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