Type of media Film
Approved Running time 136m 1s
BBFCInsight strong language, grisly images, drugs, sex
Genre(s) Crime, Drama
Director(s) Daniel Monzón
Cast includes Jesús Castro, Luis Tosar, Sergi López, Bárbara Lennie, Mariam Bachir, Moussa Maaskri, Saed Chatiby, Eduard Fernández, Ian McShane
Cut This work was passed uncut.
BBFCinsight publication date 01/09/2014
Note: The following text may contain spoilers
EL NINO is a subtitled Spanish drama about a young man who becomes involved in drug-running between Morocco and Spain.
Frequent strong language ('f**k'), as well as various uses of milder terms, such as 'bastard' and 'asshole'.
- Disturbing images
There are a few grisly images, including sight of a couple of headless bodies hanging by their feet from a bridge, and policemen flicking through similar crime scene images later. The bloody neck wounds are clearly visible, but the images are not on screen for long. At one point, another man's headless body is seen on a path, with another gory neck wound and a lot of blood on his clothing.
The film contains frequent references to drugs and characters are seen smoking marijuana. In one scene, a man surveys a huge field of growing marijuana and says, "This is paradise, man. How can they forbid something that is so beautiful?". Although the drug-smugglers are eventually caught and imprisoned, the activity is portrayed as quite exciting, with some thrilling boat chases.
There is one strong sex scene, with a bare breasted woman moving on top of a man. There is further sexualised nudity as the couple frolic naked on a beach.
The film also contains some moderate scenes of violence: a man is attacked with a hammer, the blows landing off-screen, and is later seen with a bloody bandaged hand; another man is attacked with an iron pipe and has bloody facial injuries. In a further scene, a helicopter is shot down by a distress flare and the occupants are seen trying to swim to safety.
- Studio Canal
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- 136m 1s
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