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“A breath of fresh air……a complex, interesting coming of age story.” — Lesbian.com
“Charming…a sweet love story.” — AfterEllen.com
“A Dutch Fucking Åmål (Show Me Love).” — Cinemagazine
In this beautifully crafted Dutch drama, lesbian love blossoms between 16 year-old Anne (Sigrid ten Napel) and newcomer Lena (Jade Olieberg) in a smalltown in the Netherlands.
The summer is sweltering and hot in a village where everyday life is dominated by the humming power plant. Anne and her friends spend their days biking through the winding roads that lead nowhere and everywhere – it’s a time of adventure and youthful awakening. Anne, however, feels like an outsider, until she meets Lena, a new girl in town who is mixed race, rides a motorbike, wears leather, and is different from everybody else.
The two girls rapidly fall for one another and young love unfolds in all its tender awkwardness.
WINNER: 2015 Iris Prize, Best Performance Award: Sigrid ten Napel
Awards & Press Quotes
Audience Award Nominee for Best Film — Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
“Shy Anna… finds the courage to confront prejudice when a sexy biker girl moves into her rural Dutch town.” — British Film Institute
“Very nicely done – reminiscent of Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides in its dreamy style…it has a sweetness at the core, mostly down to the relationship between the two girls that makes it worth watching.” — RedmondBacon.com
“A Dutch coming of age-film in which an introverted youngster, in a wistful recent past, her sexuality, love, and a degree of independence discovered.” — FilmKrant
“Four stars (exceptional). In the pantheon of coming-of-age indies, the film sets itself apart.” — Living Out Loud – LA