ages 12 and over
This film, well worth seeing, is an intriguing Italian-made film based on the Genesis biblical story of Joseph and his brothers. It combines biblical accuracy (with a few minor exceptions) with an historical setting. For example, the story concludes with Jacob coming to Egypt with his sons to see Joseph before he knows he is his son. In the biblical story, Joseph sends for Jacob to be brought to him and Jacob is told Joseph is yet alive. But this is a minor "artistic" change made for the screen. For the most part, it is a very accurate portrayal of what happened.
Geoffrey Horne is excellent as Joseph and captures both the idealistic young man and the experienced ruler in a superior performance. Also quite good is Finlay Currie as his father Jacob. The settings and story are nicely handled. The one drawback of the film is that it contains some violent moments, including a man being whipped, a man hit in the head with a stone, some blood when a lion attacks a young animal, and the animal being speared, as well as a few other scenes. Most of these are quick cutaway scenes but we are recommending this movie for ages twelve plus and not for the very young or faint of heart. On the other hand, most everyone twelve and over should enjoy this primarily accurate biblical story and its themes of great love, sacrifice, and a man who is exceptionally devoted to God. We are pleased to award this film our Dove "Faith-Friendly" Seal.
Sex: Kissing; a man's wife tries to seduce a character but he refuses her advances.
Violence: A lion attacks a young animal with some bloody results; a spear is thrown at animal and scene cuts away; a man is hit in the head with a stone; men fight over sheep; a skull is seen at a market; a man uses a knife to draw blood from a sick man to help him and some blood is seen on the man's arm; talk of a hanging; a couple of characters are flogged; an elephant is speared; a ruler slaps a man and there is some blood seen; brief scene of slaves being whipped; a flood gate is opened and corpses are later seen dead in water; stripes are seen on a man's back; a man is almost hanged on screen but it cuts away; a man's corpse is briefly seen after hanging; a group of men attack other people and a man is seen about to be speared; it is said women and children were murdered; a man cuts off a cooked animal's head in a brief scene.
Drugs: The drinking of wine and talk of wine.
Nudity: Cleavage; shirtless men.
Other: A man is betrayed by his brothers; men tell lies about what happened to their brother; a goddess is mentioned.