‘Anne+: The Film’ Review – Anne Meanders Through Life Building For Herself


“Anne+: The Film” is a Dutch film about Anne, our main character, and her life in Amsterdam, where she is part of the LGBTQ community, which is rife with difficulties. Many facets of how homosexual relationships explore their boundaries are lightly touched upon in the film. While attempting to resolve her inner turmoil, Anne discovers her talents and finally finds perspective.

The movie examines Anne’s development while also showcasing the various challenges that come along when you try to balance a relationship while dealing with the struggles of life. She has many unanswered questions and keeps them bottled up, only to discover that her parents always had the answers she was searching for. Lou, a transgender man, explains to Anne, with honesty and transparency, how she might embrace a more positive outlook on life.

‘Anne+’ Plot Summary

The film takes us on a tour of the wonderful city of Amsterdam, introducing us to the LGBTQ+ community’s open lifestyle. We meet Anne and Sara (or Saar), two girls in a polyamorous relationship, with purported romantic feelings in the air. Sara is forced to relocate to Montreal for work, and Anne will follow her once the house they purchased is sold. Anne adores Sara and is trying to come to grips with the fact that she must leave Amsterdam. This is a feeling she can’t seem to get rid of, and her friends are well aware of it.

On a video call, Sara admits to Anne that she flirted with a lady, bringing Anne’s anxieties and fears to the surface. Anne convinces herself that it is a polyamorous relationship that they mutually agreed on, even though she is most uncomfortable with this new truth. She takes out her phone and texts Lou, a transgender person she saw on stage playing drag at the disco the night before. Meanwhile, Anne’s publisher is pressuring her to reconsider several areas of her manuscript. Anne starts to wonder whether her editor is telling the truth. Anne’s mind begins to be somehow plagued with doubt.

With her relationship with Sara hitting rock bottom and her book in jeopardy of not being published, Lou teaches Anne that being honest about her political beliefs requires her to first resolve conflicts with her inner self. Anne’s passion is sparked after a night of heavenly lust with Lou. At the same time, Sara sends her a message claiming she is in Amsterdam and wants to visit Anne. Anne is hesitant, but Lou convinces her that she must do it for herself. Be truthful to herself and Sara.

Sara’s anguish and rage are expressed after Anne discloses her actual sentiments to her. Anne is forced to return to her parent’s house in a state of misery. To return to the city and her friends and decide on a new angle for her book, Anne must first overcome all the concerns she never dealt with as a youngster. “Anne+” takes you on a trip where it investigates Anne’s sexual identity and gives us an understanding of what it means to be a drag queen.

The Review

“Anne+” serves as a subtle reminder that appreciating Drag isn’t the only way to completely express oneself. Sexual identity catapults that expression because it is suppressed in most parts of the world. The Drag community acts as a platform to embrace all elements of it. We perceive through Anne’s eyes that their special friendship is pure and kind because she is the main character. Instead of following the plot, Anne always stays on the periphery. Perhaps it explains the title.

With a film like this, Netflix broadens its horizons and touches the emotions of people of all identities and colors. The film provides a light-hearted look at what this culture has to offer, as well as a sense of warmth that never leaves you in the dark.

“Anne+: The Film” is a Dutch LGBTQ+ Drama film directed by Valerie Bisscheroux.

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Anushka Rao
Anushka Rao
Anushka is a Storyteller and a Painter. She is still looking for a silver lining in any situation and figuring how innovative she can be to make the world a better place. Charisma and mystery with a spark of genius. A true Believer that films are our strongest power yet, for change.

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