A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Encourages empathy, compassion, and a better understanding for refugees who flee war-torn nations to seek a safer life elsewhere. Shows sacrifices they make and the dangers they face, depicting their courage and perseverance. Highlights importance of confronting the past in order to have a future. The power of love is also celebrated.
Positive Role Models
Amin is courageous, has a remarkable ability to keep going in the face of adversity. Amin grows to be confident in who he is. He is initially shown struggling with his identity and sexuality, seeing it as a "sickness" and thinking it something that could be "cured." But he finally finds comfort in being himself. This is despite prejudice he faces from some, although kindness is shown by others. Movie touches upon corruption in the police force.
The film is about a gay Middle Eastern refugee. His accounts and stories ensure that the film gives a platform to an underrepresented minority, bringing humanity to his plight -- and that of those like him -- asking, if nothing else, for compassion.
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Violence & Scariness
Majority of movie is animated, but it's interspersed with real archive footage of parents crying and bombs going off in the distance. Corpses on the street are seen, blood surrounding them. Disturbing and affecting stories about war are told: descriptions and visualizations of dangerous boat journeys, human trafficking. Suggestion that a sexual attack takes place off camera.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some kissing, including between two characters in a nightclub. Characters are seen shirtless. A character coming to terms with their sexuality is an integral part of the story. A teen forms a crush on a famous actor.
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Multiple uses of the word "f--k," as well as "piss," and "bastard."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are shown only wanting safety, with materialism the furthest thing from their minds. In communist Russia, supermarket shelves are shown to be empty.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Archive footage shows people smoking. A very drunk person is seen stumbling down a street.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Flee is a profound Danish animated documentary (with English subtitles) about a refugee's journey, with tough themes and content but always told with compassion and empathy. Amin (voiced by Daniel Karimyar and Fardin Mijdzadeh), the subject of this documentary, is incredibly courageous. Given that he's gay, there's an added element of self-discovery -- becoming proud and comfortable in his own body and sexuality -- all while he's experiencing homelessness. Amin encounters much discrimination along the way, both for being a refugee and for being gay. Archive footage intersperses the animation and shows disturbing imagery, such as blood-soaked corpses on the ground. But the film in general is more affecting in its narration than in its visuals, including upsetting stories about human trafficking and a boat journey where people drowned. There are brief uses of the word "f--k" and glimpses of people smoking, and a character is evidently drunk as he walks down the street. The film offers a platform to an underrepresented minority, to tell their story, on their terms, in a hugely compassionate way that's full of humanity. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
This powerful animated documentary, which is so full of compassion and empathy, is one of the most striking pieces of filmmaking witnessed for years. Flee is fully deserving of its three Oscar nominations: for Best Documentary, Best International Feature Film, and Best Animated Feature. It's so layered and moving that it almost overwhelms you. Director Jonas Poher Rasmussen moves so seamlessly between animation and archive footage, employing a technique that really hammers home the realism that can often be lost in the former art form.
At times the film is almost too difficult to digest, yet it's impossible to turn away from, remaining cinematic throughout. But above anything, it's just a staggering story -- one that is somehow so full of hope. By bringing compassion and a sense of humanity to a subject that dominates headlines around the world, Flee is a reminder that we're all the same, and that we should be seeking to help each other, not resist one another.
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