Set over the course of one sweltering summer, this charming drama focuses on Anna, a quiet teen who yearns to escape the confines of her small town, defined by its ever-looming power plant....
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Set over the course of one sweltering summer, this charming drama focuses on Anna, a quiet teen who yearns to escape the confines of her small town, defined by its ever-looming power plant. With the arrival of the alluring leather-clad Lena, Anna finally gets the boost she needs. With authentic performances and cinematography that captures the languor and heat of summertime, this story of sexual awakening examines a girl daring to be different.Written by
The film is built around middle adolescence changes Anne experiments during a particular summer. Anne holds the threat of the plot, offering us her reflections through the different twist. Although the film develops several other characters, it is Anne who has the spotlight, but this is in no way an issue because her natural beauty and personality make her extremely likable. A love story emerges and the power of the feelings Anne develops touch you deeply, making the film heart-warming, despite all the drama that ensues.
The film does a fine job contextualizing a god-forsaken village in the Netherlands, characteristic of many peripheral places around the world. It is plagued with violence borne out of boredom, small- mindedness and hopelessness. It also highlights some stereotypical 'Dutch' attitudes of older generations in the midst of this difficult context, such as hypocrisy, sexism and obliviousness. At the same time, though, it reminds us that the youth have a choice to free themselves, and that change is only one bus stop away.
All in all, a highly enjoyable, well-paced film, very well casted, with a light-heartening soundtrack, beautiful scenery and, most importantly, a main character that will win your heart.
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