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HOW I LIVE NOW

HOW I LIVE NOW artwork

HOW I LIVE NOW

Type of media Film

Approved Running time 100m 59s

Release date 04/10/2013

BBFCInsight Contains strong language, once very strong, strong sex, violence and threat

Genre(s) Adventure, Drama

Director(s) Kevin Macdonald

Cast includes Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland, Sophie Ellis, George MacKay, Corey Johnson, Sabrina Dickens

Cut This work was passed uncut.

BBFCinsight publication date 24/09/2013

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

HOW I LIVE NOW is a drama based on the novel by Meg Rossoff about a family living in the English countryside who face danger and separation during a time of war.

Language

The film contains several uses of strong language ('f**k') as well as a single use of very strong language ('c**t').

Sex

The film also contains a scene in which a couple have sex. Although no strong nudity is shown, there is an impression of sexual thrusting.

Violence

Moments of violence include sight of characters being beaten and killed by gunfire, with some bloody injury seen as a result, but there is no dwelling on the details of the violence or injury in these scenes. Much of the violence in the film occurs offscreen, with only aftermath being shown, including sight of dead bodies. In one scene, a central character comes across the bodies of several executed children, with brief focus on bloody injury.

Threat

In the early parts of the film the threat to the central characters, the oldest of whom is sixteen, is largely implied as the war occurs away from them. When the conflict moves closer to their home, the threat becomes more real and intense as they face capture by military forces and rogue gangs roaming the countryside. A scene in which a group of women are witnessed being assaulted by a group of men contains sexual threat, although this is portrayed in a relatively discreet manner with no strong detail.

Details

Title
HOW I LIVE NOW
Year
2013
Distributor(s)
E1 Films
Classified date(s)
17/07/2013
Main language
English
Submitted run time
100m 59s
Approved footage
9088+8
BBFC reference
CFF296962
Registration number
CFJ29530

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