Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus
  • R
  • 2h 1m
  • 2006
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Set in New York in the late 1950s, the biographical drama Fur explores an unlikely romance that leads Diane Arbus (Academy Award winner Nicole Kidman - The Hours, Birth) into a strange new world, sparking her evolution into one of the most provocative and visionary photographers of all time. As a photographer, she seeks out "the forbidden" in New York City's most sordid haunts, transmuting her own terror into art. Her unsettling photographs make people see what they would otherwise turn away from: the normalcy in life's freaks, and the freakishness in normal people.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: This portrait of a groundbreaking photographer lacks the daring of its subject.
Globe and Mail
Rick Groen

Don't be fooled for a second by that subtitle. Fur bills itself as An Imaginary Portrait of Diane...

June 21, 2017
Denver Post
Lisa Kennedy

Shainberg neither sugarcoats [Diane Arbus's] distance from her girls nor judges it. The filmmakers...

June 14, 2019
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Robert Denerstein

The world created by Shainberg never seems strange or real enough to convince us that we're gettin...

June 14, 2019
Orlando Sentinel
Roger Moore

[Arbus's] most famous images still have the power to shock, hanging as they do on the walls of the...

June 14, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Biopic is smart, but leaves questions unanswered.

What Parents Need to Know

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."

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama
  • Release Date:November 10, 2006
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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