Anna

2013 R 1h 39m DVD

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Anna

2013 R 1h 39m DVD
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A man with the ability to enter peoples' memories takes on the case of a brilliant but troubled sixteen-year-old girl to determine whether she is a dangerous sociopath or a victim of trauma.
Format
DVD
Screen
Widescreen 1.78:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
R - Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Contains some adult material. Parents are urged to learn more about the film before taking their young children with them.
age 16+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 16+
  • Taissa Farmiga
  • Indira Varma
  • Mark Strong
  • Noah Taylor
  • Brian Cox
  • Saskia Reeves
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Reviews

age 16+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Anna is an indie psychological thriller set in a near future where trained people can investigate others' memories to see whether they're telling the truth. The Inception-meets-Minority Report story includes one scene in which a man looks at nude photos of young women that someone else has downloaded on his computer. Other than that, the violence (a couple of scenes, including a suicide aftermath, are bloody but not graphic), language (occasional "s--t," one "f--king," "a--hole"), and sexual innuendo (one brief sex scene, references to an inappropriate student-teacher liaison) are on par with most teen-targeted thrillers. Still, given the mind-bending, often unreliable depiction of events, Anna is best saved for mature teens and adults.

Sexual Content

Nudity in photographic form: A man realizes that there are dozens of sexual photos of naked or nearly naked young women on his computer. In flashbacks, a man is briefly shown having sex with a maid. A young woman's inappropriate relationship with her teacher is discussed (although it's never made clear how sexual the relationship was beyond some touching and "artistic"/semi-nude photos of her found on his laptop), as is her possible transference with a memory detective (she calls him "cute," embraces him, gives him drawings, and tells him he's the only person she trusts).

Violence

Violent acts are shown several times: the protagonist's wife's suicide, which occurred in a bathtub (she's shown lying dead in a bloody pool of water); the memory of a brutal attack; another memory that shows that a girl might have been molested by a Mindscape therapist; the poisoning of a group of girls, who end up choking up blood and passing out (it's later revealed two of them died); a man who believes he's seeing the blood of a murdered patient; authorities going over their version of what happened during an alleged crime; a woman being pushed off a ledge and sustaining multiple injuries.

Language

Occasional strong language includes one "f--king," plus "s--t," "a--hole," and "bitch."

Social Behavior

It's not necessarily a positive message, but the movie's lesson is that memories, while extremely powerful, aren't foolproof. People can delude themselves and provide false memories that they believe to be true. Determining guilt or innocence based on memory is difficult, because people don't always remember things exactly as they happened.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Adults drink, and a man is asked "are you drunk?" by a friend (he's not). A mother is known to be an alcoholic and is shown intoxicated and upset. The same woman takes prescription drugs, and her mentally ill daughter is given prescription drugs (including a sedative).

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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