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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Positive portrayals of lesbian relationships.
Positive Role Models
Nina quietly helps Alex build confidence, doesn't judge her on her past.
Violence & Scariness
Alex has marks on her arm from cutting herself.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A few kisses and one sex scene between Nina and her girlfriend that shows bare breasts. Sexual overtones as Alex comes of age. One kiss between Alex and Kathy. Alex says riding a horse bareback feels like sex and tries to kiss Nina.
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"Bitch," "ass," and "s--t" (many times).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Alex smokes. Guests drink at a party, and Alex has a beer. Kathy and Alex get drunk on vodka. Nina and her girlfriend drink champagne. Alex steals prescription pills and trades them for weed, which she then smokes.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Of Girls and Horses (Von Mädchen und Pferden) is a German coming-of-age film with English subtitles. This subtle, slow-moving film has some mature sexual content, including one sex scene between two women that shows bare breasts. A teenage girl's awakening sexuality also is explored through some suggestive comments (she likens horseback riding to sex) and two kisses with other women. There's smoking and some drinking and drug use, including a scene where two teen girls get drunk on vodka, and some bad language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch"). One character has marks on her arm from cutting herself. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
OF GIRLS AND HORSES is a visual ode to the German countryside. The film lingers on small, subtle moments such as horses grazing in a field or Alex's face as she struggles with unhappiness. It's beautiful and engrossing. The film also does a lovely job of portraying lesbian relationships with no judgment and little fuss. The characters' choice of partners isn't an issue. Instead, the focus is on the small nuances that make up a relationship or the quiet beginnings of love. And Ceci Schmitz-Chuh does an impressive job showing her inner turmoil with little dialogue.
Unfortunately, there's simply not enough meat to make this a truly great film. It feels like a short film that was stretched to a full-length feature. Too much time, in fact, is spent panning the landscape or watching the daily routine in the horse barn. It needs a bit more depth to keep the viewer engaged for the entire film. With that being said, it's still a beautiful film that mature teens and adults will enjoy.
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