A feature film by the Limburg director can be viewed worldwide on Netflix

ordinary people

In short episodes, the Anne + series tells the story of young Anne (Hanna van Vliet) and the friends she hangs out with. Each part of the LGBTI community is in its own way and completely open to each other. They all have to deal with struggles and struggles, but the show – and now the movie – also shows that they have wonderful lives, where they can be completely themselves. “The queres (collective term for non-heterosexuals, editor’s note) at Anne+ are normal guys who, like everyone else, have happy times, but sometimes also have to deal with, let’s say, heartbreak. We also wanted to show what makes us special as queers. “.

Valérie and screenwriter Maud Wijmer certainly nailed the latter. The series also opens the eyes of “outsiders”. Sympathetic characters are represented and each of them is recognizable. In the relationships they form, they encounter problems that each person in love with the other must face. Remarkably, they don’t make a murderous pit out of their hearts and speak their minds. The latter can sometimes cause a sudden reaction to the current times, where borders are being redefined. “It’s about guys who know each other really well and know exactly how far they can go,” Valerie says of the explicit language spoken on the show.

Valérie realizes that the relationship between young Anne and her eldest (woman) boss of the publishing house where she works is inextricably linked to current events. “We wanted to show that in principle everything is possible, as long as it is done by mutual agreement. In the series, Ann makes it very clear that this is the case for her.

Anne+ the movie – in which the title character is finalizing her first book and is also set to immigrate to Canada – premiered in theaters in mid-October last year. “In less than two months, the film has attracted more than 30,000 visitors,” said Valérie. “Excellent result, especially in light of the restrictions that have been put in place recently.”

new ideas

Valéry does not yet know how she will continue and what the future holds for her. You will think about it in the months to come. International penetration is one thing. You find funding to be able to continue to do great things in the field of cinema in a second. It’s certainly not that we suddenly have huge budgets. We have a number of new ideas on the shelf. Perhaps with worldwide interest in Anne’s project, it could be implemented more easily. But first, I’m going to enjoy the success for a while.

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