All About Anna (2005) from Tuna

Tuna's notes


In the early to mid 1970's, it seemed that mainstream and porn might join hands, but video tape essentially fragmented the markets and ended that dream. The idea is making something of a comeback in arthouse circles. We now have "hardcore meets mainstream" art films in France, Denmark, The United States (Shortbus), the UK (9 Songs) and Asia. All About Anna is such a movie, albeit one targeted directly at the untapped potential of female audiences.

Sex research indicates that women are physically aroused when watching porn films but, when questioned later, claim that they hated them. A Danish woman kept telling the executives at  Zentropa Films that it would be possible to make porn that women would like. Zentropa told her to "put up or shut up," so she came up with a set of guidelines as to what a woman-friendly porno film would be like, and Zentropa (the home of Dogma 95) was in the porn business, to make porn by women and for women under the Puzzy Power banner. Their first two efforts were Constance, which was billed by Zentropa as "The first hardcore adult video produced by a mainstream film production company!", and Pink Prison. Those two and All About Anna, the third effort from the group, were made by following the guidelines established in the Puzzy Power Manifesto.

In early 2001, Puzzy Power's function was transferred to Innocent Pictures, then a subsidiary of Zentropa, with the objective of producing new quality adult films, while distributing and handling the three films already made by Puzzy Power and HotMale, their gay specialty line. In June 2003, following the filming of All About Anna, Innocent Pictures became an independent company, and Anna was released as a partnership between the two fraternal entities. Anna, an English-language film made in Copenhagen and Paris, was their first contribution to a growing number of art films which contain some hardcore hetero elements and feature recognizable mainstream performers having actual sex on camera - in this case, Gry Bay, the actress and singer.

Anna (Gry Bay) opens the film talking about love. She is on a boat with a good-looking man, and says, "Every woman needs three men, one for adventure and fun, one for stimulating conversation, and one for good sex. Johan was all three."

It seems that Johan decided he needed adventure in his life, and took off for a five month cruise. After four months, he stopped writing, and she decided to get over him. She adopted an indulgent life style, but was beginning to settle on one man, Thomas Raft, until Johan returned and she decided Raft was not for her. She refused to move in with Raft, lost Johan's phone number, and took a female roommate (Eileen Daly) who shared her morals and lifestyle. She then plunged herself into her costume design work, and got an offer to work in Paris in a prestigious theater. As she was leaving, Johan showed up, having rented half of her apartment from Eileen Daly, who had no idea who he was, but intended to seduce him. Once in France, Gry realized what she really wanted.

The story here is simple, but as a "coming of age" for Anna and a romantic comedy, the film and the personalities of the characters held my interest. The sex scenes are real, but even better, feel real without being boring. This film is highly recommended for those interested in the crossover of mainstream cultural figures into sex films.

All About Anna (2005) Gry Bay Eileen Daily 3 DVD Set


  • The three-disk all-region DVD set not only includes the film, but some amazing special features, which include four full-length commentaries, an alternate version of the film, the script and storyboards, a slide show, and nearly an hour of extra footage of the principal nude scenes. The third disk contains trailers for other sex films. 

  • Available in the USA only through RLDVDs. Click on the image to the left for further info.



I don't recall an angle where you could prove penetration, but the oral sex was clearly not faked, and Eileen Daly even got a facial.

Eileen Daly and Gry Bay both showed everything and had sex on camera. I welcome this. Sex is a major element in probably 35% of all films. That being the case, it is a shame that it isn't actually shown.

Additional notes on the DVD special features


The original director's cut is on the three disk set, minus certain elements which the company had no legal rights to, and it is utter unwatchable crap. The entire director's cut makes Gry out to be a very angry and nasty person. It is full of jarring jump cuts and sped-up action, and seems to go way out of the way to avoid nudity. The cinematography was also poor. Further, the director had uncleared extras, and used a bunch of music she didn't have rights to. To give you an idea of the original director's cut, there is a scene where somebody throws a cum-filled condom on the floor, followed by a shot of Gry's dog sniffing it. The grossest part starts with the dog licking Gry on the mouth, after which she vomits in the kitchen sink, then kisses her old boyfriend on the mouth. In another example, she is doing her old boyfriend while her current boyfriend is taking a crap on camera and wiping his butt.

The producer was clearly not happy with the director, finding her cut to be not only a technical and artistic failure, but a contractual one as well. According to the producer's commentary, the director intentionally made her version a softcore film, even though she was specifically contracted to make a hardcore film. It seems she considers genitalia gross looking. Also, even though the sex requirements were carefully written into Gry Bay's contract, Gry decided not to allow the woman to penetrate her, and the director simply acceded to her demands.

Given the problems, the finished film is an amazing achievement. The producer, after taking control of the project, shot some pickup shots, and then letterboxed, which let him zoom in on certain scenes, and correct for jitter. The producer was able to reedit the footage into a good film, but a much softer one than the one originally foreseen before principal photography began. He could do no more because the director simply never shot the monster shots and other sex action in the script.

The Critics Vote ...

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The People Vote ...

The meaning of the IMDb score: 7.5 usually indicates a level of excellence equivalent to about three and a half stars from the critics. 6.0 usually indicates lukewarm watchability, comparable to approximately two and a half stars from the critics. The fives are generally not worthwhile unless they are really your kind of material, equivalent to about a two star rating from the critics, or a C- from our system. Films rated below five are generally awful even if you like that kind of film - this score is roughly equivalent to one and a half stars from the critics or a D on our scale. (Possibly even less, depending on just how far below five the rating is.

Our own guideline:

  • A means the movie is so good it will appeal to you even if you hate the genre.
  • B means the movie is not good enough to win you over if you hate the genre, but is good enough to do so if you have an open mind about this type of film. Any film rated B- or better is recommended for just about anyone. In order to rate at least a B-, a film should be both a critical and commercial success. Exceptions: (1) We will occasionally rate a film B- with good popular acceptance and bad reviews, if we believe the critics have severely underrated a film. (2) We may also assign a B- or better to a well-reviewed film which did not do well at the box office if we feel that the fault lay in the marketing of the film, and that the film might have been a hit if people had known about it. (Like, for example, The Waterdance.)
  • C+ means it has no crossover appeal, but will be considered excellent by people who enjoy this kind of movie. If this is your kind of movie, a C+ and an A are indistinguishable to you.
  • C means it is competent, but uninspired genre fare. People who like this kind of movie will think it satisfactory. Others probably will not.
  • C- indicates that it we found it to be a poor movie, but genre addicts find it watchable. Any film rated C- or better is recommended for fans of that type of film, but films with this rating should be approached with caution by mainstream audiences, who may find them incompetent or repulsive or both. If this is NOT your kind of movie, a C- and an E are indistinguishable to you.
  • D means you'll hate it even if you like the genre. We don't score films below C- that often, because we like movies and we think that most of them have at least a solid niche audience. Now that you know that, you should have serious reservations about any movie below C-. Films rated below C- generally have both bad reviews and poor popular acceptance.
  • E means that you'll hate it even if you love the genre.
  • F means that the film is not only unappealing across-the-board, but technically inept as well.


Based on this description, this film is a C+. Given our grading system, the film is clearly a C+, since those who hate explicit sex in film will not be won over here. As someone who welcomes explicit sex used appropriately in film, the C+ is the same as an A to me, and will be to some of you as well, and thus represents an enthusiastic recommendation. If this is your sort of film, buy it. The price is quite reasonable for such a comprehensive and richly detailed 3-disc package, and it is only available in the US from This three-disc DVD set is an excellent product that belongs in the collection of anyone who is interested in the crossover of mainstream cultural figures into sex films.

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