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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Communication is essential in relationships. Friends support each other through good times and bad. Accepting one's own identity is crucial to living a full life. It's important to take responsibility for one's own actions.
Positive Role Models
Anne is figuring out who she is, what being a lesbian means to her, how she relates to her friends, family, and lovers, and what she wants out of life. Her friends are going through similar experiences, and they support each other along the way. Some parents are said to be more accepting than others, but they make an effort too.
Film turns on a group of friends who self-define as "lesbian," "queer," "nonbinary," and/or are forming part of polyamorous relationships. They discuss "cishet" and "heteronormative" society. They dress up as drag queens and kings as "a way to rebel against the norm." A character who uses "they"/"them" pronouns has scars where breasts have been removed. The cast of friends is racially diverse.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Sex scenes are explicit and all body parts except full-frontal nudity are seen. Characters have sex using a vibrator or a strap-on. Kissing, breast suckling, butt biting, graphic depiction of orgasms, talk about what is "sexy" and being "horny." Scenes show characters performing sexualized dances.
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"F--k," "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "t-ts," "d--k," "ass." "Jesus" and "God" as exclamations. The film was reviewed in Dutch with English subtitles.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Young adults drink profusely and regularly. They also smoke, including joints.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Anne+, based on a Dutch TV series of the same name, is a story about a young lesbian woman finding her own identity and path in life. The film has explicit sex scenes and language. The main character and her friends define and talk about their sexuality and gender in different ways. They use terms like "lesbian," "queer," "nonbinary," "polyamorous," "cishet," "heteronormative," and various pronouns. A character has scars where breasts have been removed. The racially diverse group of friends also dress up as drag queens and kings as "a way to rebel against the norm." Sex scenes are explicit, and all body parts except full-frontal nudity are seen. Characters have sex using a vibrator or a strap-on. There is kissing, breast suckling, butt biting, graphic depiction of orgasms, and talk of what is "sexy" and being "horny." Scenes show characters performing sexualized dances. The young adults drink profusely and also smoke, including joints. "F--k" is used regularly, and language also includes "s--t," "bulls--t," "goddamn," "t-ts," "d--k," and "ass," and "Jesus" and "God" as exclamations. The film was reviewed in Dutch with English subtitles. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
With an absorbing performance by star van Vliet at its center, this film meanders a bit plot-wise but offers an interesting view into a specific community, time, and place. Based on the Dutch TV series of the same name co-created by van Vliet, Anne+ is about friendship, love, relationships, identity, gender, and self-expression. It captures that exuberant mid-20s moment in life where every day is a party and sexual energy runs high, when everything is possible but concrete decisions about the future still have to be made.
Anne has written a book that her publisher critiques as having a main character who is lost and has no goals. The insight explains Anne's own issues and foreshadows a break in her current plans, which she slowly realizes she didn't actively participate in making. For the queer community shown here, identity issues are complicated by nonaccepting families and a "heteronormative" society. They spend a lot of time talking about this, and the character of Lou (Roos de Vries) gets a bit preachy at moments. But certainly, these characters will resonate with some viewers, and the film is well-paced, filmed, and acted.
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