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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Diane's attraction to Lionel leads to an adulterous night and rejection of her family.
Violence & Scariness
A character commits suicide.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Pervasive metaphorical and explicit sexuality; full-frontal nudity in first and last scenes (set in a nudist camp); repressed/early Diane reveals her bra on her porch, then worries about it; several scenes show Diane and her husband in bed. (They're intimate but strained: When she licks his wrist, he's embarrassed and pulls away.) Sex between Diane and Lionel (in bed, and also, more allusively, as she shaves off his fur); Lionel asks Diane provocative questions about her desires; mild S&M scene (couple dances, in costume); sensual visuals of fur and some objects (camera, razor).
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Some language: "f--k" (5+), "t-ts," "Jesus Christ!"
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Products & Purchases
Vintage magazine covers (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar); 1950s products (Chock Full o' Nuts coffee, Sunbeam bread) -- all used to establish scene/era, rather than for promotion, per se.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Plenty of social drinking (martinis, wine, scotch); cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this mature biopic about edgy photographer Diane Arbus isn't for kids. It includes explicit nudity (body parts and full frontal at a nudist community), and some sexual activity. The subjects of Arbus' photos include unusual fringe characters like sex workers, dwarfs, giants, twins, and nudists. Characters discuss adultery, depression, sexual desire, and suicide (one character kills himself); children worry about their mother's absences from home. Characters smoke cigarettes and do plenty of social drinking. Language includes at least five uses of "f--k." To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Unusual and sometimes disturbing, FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS doesn't so much show the photographer's life as imagine how she experienced it. Inspired by Patricia Bosworth's Diane Arbus: A Biography, this is a risky project, interpreting instead of reporting biographical events, and it will trouble some viewers for taking such artistic and emotional license.
A passionate, earnest film braced by Kidman's taut performance, Fur keeps its distance from its subject. The central questions of her work -- What is her relationship with her subjects? Are her famous portraits of "freaks" exploitative or self-exploratory, images of deep relationships between subject and artist, or ways to distance them from their viewers? -- remain unanswered.
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