The MPAA has come down with the decision, officially bestowing the film an R due to "sexual content, graphic nudity and language." The first two elements may not seem initially like things that would be featured in a film about the founding of a cult/religion/following (or actually, maybe they would) but if you notice in the first teaser (see below or image above), Joaquin Phoenix's character is building a sand castle of a nude woman. And in the footage we saw at Cannes, there is another shot from same sequence where we witness him masturbating (though it's not quite clear) from behind.
Co-starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, the film, as you know, follows Lancaster Dodd -- clearly modeled on L. Ron Hubbard -- who starts a faith-based organization in the 1950s, and his relationship with Freddie Sutton (Phoenix) who becomes his right-hand man. The film is notable a few things, among them being shot in 65mm (hence the framing of the teaser spots thus far) and apparently upsetting Tom Cruise for suggesting that Scientology (or whatever) is completely a work of fiction.
No word yet on where it might premiere -- Venice and the New York Film Festival seem to be possibilities -- but you won't have to wait too long. "The Master" opens October 12th. [RopeOfSilicon]