This provocative biopic suggests a wild backstory to the bizarre images of acclaimed photographer Diane Arbus. Bored with her conventional home life, Arbus is drawn to an unusual neighbor who introduces her to the freaks on society's fringe.
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- Steven Shainberg
- This movie is
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.85:1Subtitles
Spanish (Neutral), EnglishClosed captioned
YesLanguage and sound
English: Dolby Digital 5.1Other features
Color; interactive menus; scene access; deleted scenes; director's commentary; trailer.
Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that this mature biopic about edgy photographer Diane Arbus isn't for kids. It includes explicit nudity (body parts and full frontal at a nudist community), and some sexual activity. The subjects of Arbus' photos include unusual fringe characters like sex workers, dwarfs, giants, twins, and nudists. Characters discuss adultery, depression, sexual desire, and suicide (one character kills himself); children worry about their mother's absences from home. Characters smoke cigarettes and do plenty of social drinking. Language includes at least five uses of "f--k."
- Sexual Content
- Pervasive metaphorical and explicit sexuality; full-frontal nudity in first and last scenes (set in a nudist camp); repressed/early Diane reveals her bra on her porch, then worries about it; several scenes show Diane and her husband in bed. (They're intimate but strained: When she licks his wrist, he's embarrassed and pulls away.) Sex between Diane and Lionel (in bed, and also, more allusively, as she shaves off his fur); Lionel asks Diane provocative questions about her desires; mild S&M scene (couple dances, in costume); sensual visuals of fur and some objects (camera, razor).
- A character commits suicide.
- Some language: "f--k" (5+), "t-ts," "Jesus Christ!"
- Social Behavior
- Diane's attraction to Lionel leads to an adulterous night and rejection of her family.
- Vintage magazine covers (Vogue, Harper's Bazaar); 1950s products (Chock Full o' Nuts coffee, Sunbeam bread) -- all used to establish scene/era, rather than for promotion, per se.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Plenty of social drinking (martinis, wine, scotch); cigarette smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it