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Soulmate Has Problems With the British Censors

Mystery Film Gets BBFC Rating Only After Cuts

The case of Soulmate turned out quite surprising, especially for its director. The mystery film deals with a mourning widow who moves back to the countryside and befriends a ghost. In the UK, it was classified by the BBFC with an "18" rating. And it got that rating only after 4 cuts were applied to the movie. The BBFC deemed it problematic that some scenes show too much detail when a suicide is attempted. They feared that it could provoke reenactment by some viewers.

While it's still unclear whether everything is said and done in the matter, director Axelle Carolyn criticizes the decision via Twitter and wonders why a brutal horror movie like Hostel got through without any problems while her film had to be censored:

  • BBFC has required 4 long sets of cuts for SOULMATE. Otherwise it's banned. Take that, splat pack: I made a video nasty without even trying.
  • The BBFC says, 'Imitable behavior, potential harm.' Basically my opening scene could cause a wave of suicides in the UK.
  • If SOULMATE was in any way the kind of film that seeks that kind of attention, I'd be flattered. But it's not. At all.
  • Some perspective: none of Neil's horror/action movies ever had to get any cut. Yet my Gothic romance has. And this is to avoid being banned!
  • Still marveling at the fact that Eli Roth's HOSTEL movies were passed uncut, yet my gothic romance needs 4 cuts to get an 18 in the UK.

Soulmate's UK release is scheduled for July 21st, 2014. There's still no word on releases in other markets that could be uncut but we'll monitor the situation and will surely provide you with a comparison once it is possible.

UPDATE 25.06.2014: The BBFC database now lists the movie as being rated "15" after 4 cuts with a total runtime of 2:33 min. It has not been confirmed that this is cut but considering the difficulties laid out above, the probability of that is pretty high.

Release: Jun 19, 2014 - Author: Das Wiesel - Translator: Mike Lowrey - Source: Yahoo

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