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Poorly acted and written, BEYOND HONOR contains crazy incestuous themes and explicit sex, nudity, bloody violence, and strong foul language. These immoral elements dilute the movie's moral message against terrible Arab/Muslim traditions. It also seems to be coming from a confused pagan and humanist worldview with a very strong feminist subtext favoring sexual immorality. All this moral confusion is abhorrent.
(PaPa, FRFR, FeFeFe, H, LLL, VVV, SS, NN, AA, DD, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview where the troubled heroine seems to still cling to a belief in God, but a God who endorses sexual immorality, including elements of a very strong feminist ideology that attacks harsh patriarchal family systems but has nothing to replace it other than a wishy-washy sexual hedonism, and with some apparent humanist qualities that increase the confusion in the movie's dominant worldview; at least 46 mostly strong obscenities and one light profanity; extreme disturbing violence with blood includes female circumcision scene with images of blood following, woman undoes her own stitches, woman's bath water becomes bloody, man's face injured, threats with gun, fighting, and implied suicide; depicted fornication, depicted masturbation under covers, depicted incest, and depicted voyeurism by brother of sister; upper female nudity in several scenes, rear nudity and upper male nudity; alcohol use and drunkenness; smoking and young adults smoke marijuana; and, lying, evil father figure, weak mother figure, and cruelty.
BEYOND HONOR is a poorly acted and poorly scripted melodrama about an important issue: forced female circumcision in Arab and Muslim families and nations. The movie takes place in Southern California in the United States, where a young woman’s Muslim family is terrorized by her mean, overbearing father, an Arab Muslim who married a white American woman. Sahira’s father, Mohammed, has allowed his daughter to attend medical school, but he doesn’t know about her American boyfriend, Brian. Meanwhile, Sahira’s brother, Samir, is the favored son who secretly looks at porn and spies on his sister’s naked body.
Toward the middle of this story, Sahira lets Brian sneak into her room at night and they fornicate while her brother secretly watches. Then, one evening, Sahira’s evil father, despite the protests of her mother, allows the other women relatives, some dressed in full Muslim Arab veils, to violently circumcise Sahira. Sahira takes drastic action to take revenge on her father, which leads to further tragedy.
Poorly acted and written, BEYOND HONOR also contains crazy incestuous themes and explicit sex, nudity and foul language, which dilutes its moral message. It also seems to be coming from a confused pagan and humanist worldview with a very strong feminist subtext. The movie contains a disclaimer saying that female circumcision is a cultural tradition, not a religious one, and Sahira still seems to cling to some kind of belief in God, despite her father’s actions. Sahira’s God, and the director’s God apparently, seems to be a radical feminist one who endorses sexual immorality.
Furthermore, the tragedy at the end is abrupt and disappointing. It dilutes the story’s climax which seemed to be leading toward an act of righteous revenge. The director deprives the audience of any satisfaction that Sahira’s father and her relatives will be punished for their crimes.