For the film Ma Sarine, the legal age set at 6 years!

For the film Ma Sarine, the legal age set at 6 years!
For the film Ma Sarine, the legal age set at 6 years!

I would like to react to the Artists’ Outing on 1er May on Jean-Théo Aeby (“Not recommended for…”). Until the end of 2012, the classification of films was the responsibility of the cantons, which led to a strong disparity in the ages of admission to cinemas in Switzerland. Since 1er January 2013, the National Commission for Film and the Protection of Minors is responsible for the classification of films shown in cinemas on the national territory.

In our country, the legal age for a film is set by default at 16 years old. The distributor may request a lowering of this legal age, respecting certain deadlines. The commission will then watch the film to set the ages. A request for an age classification process results in costs for the distributor.

It is true that for a film like My Sarine, a legal age of 16 makes no sense. The film was eventually screened by the National Film Commission. Decision: legal age 6, suggested age 12. The legal age of a film is the minimum age to be able to attend the screening alone. The suggested age is an average indicative age from which the viewer should understand the film and enjoy it. Finally, it should be noted that censorship was abolished in Switzerland in 2002 (article 17 of the Federal Constitution of 1999)!

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