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  • R
  • 1h 24m
  • 2021
Certified Fresh93%
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Limbo is an unexpected comedy about following a dream, no matter where it takes you. The story is set on a fictional remote Scottish island where a group of new refugees await the results of their asylum claims. It centers on Omar (Amir El-Masry), a young Syrian musician who is burdened by his grandfather's oud, which he has carried all the way from his homeland.
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Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Certified Fresh93%
Critics Consensus: A profoundly uplifting portrait of the refugee experience, Limbo is distinguished by its offbeat tone -- and overall impressive work from debuting director Ben Sharrock.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Amusing British refugee drama has racist language, trauma.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Limbo is an excellent British drama with comedic moments, but also racist language and some upset. Omar (Amir El-Masry) is one of a group of refugees -- all single men -- who are housed on a remote Scottish island while they wait to find out if they have been granted asylum to the U.K.. The hopelessness of the men's situation is tapered by laugh-out-loud moments, often courtesy of Omar's friend and fellow refugee, Farhad (Vikash Bhai), who remains optimistic and encouraging. The refugees encounter mixed reactions from the locals. Inquisitive stares and racist language are common throughout, although the movie portrays this more as ignorance rather than anything more sinister. Other locals are shown to be more welcoming, but even they use racist language, such as the British slang term "Paki." There is also occasional swearing including variants of "f--k," "shite," and "balls." There are a number of references to war and people being killed. In one shocking and unexpected scene, a character is found frozen to death in a field. Characters frequently smoke, most notably Farhad who is rarely seen without a cigarette. For the most part, the movie is in English, but when Omar speaks Arabic, English subtitles are displayed. The movie is a refreshing take on the lives of refugees so rarely told or portrayed in the media or on-screen.

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Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Comedy
  • Release Date:April 30, 2021
  • Languages:English, Spanish
  • Captions:English, Spanish
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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