Nana (2013)




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This spare, haunting, deceptively slight film - marking the feature debut of French filmmaker Valerie Massadian - zeroes in on the behavior and existential state of its 4-year-old protagonist. Growing up in rural France, Nana lives in a seemingly idyllic environment, but Massadian increasingly complicates our notion of the child's innocence. Opening with a matter-of-fact depiction of the butchering of a pig (Nana lives on her grandfather's pig farm), the film gradually tightens its focus to … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama
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Written By: Valérie Massadian
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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (4)

Driven by a combination of narrative economy and emotional expansiveness, Valérie Massadian's "Nana" is as difficult to pin down as the inner life of the tiny human at its center.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
New York Times
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Barely over an hour, the sketch feels lovely, unhurried and a bit insignificant.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Time Out
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A fiction film that documents the unpredictable, unscripted actions of its pint-size lead, Nana offers new ways of thinking about childhood, or, at the very least, about children in movies.

Full Review… | January 22, 2013
Village Voice
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It's a quiet and often lovely film, scored only with sounds of the forest (which we see, as Nana does, as a magical place) and the wind, letting a child make her own story.

Full Review… | January 10, 2013
Seattle Times
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Tedious and slightly sickening, Valérie Massadian's debut feature focuses on a child but is hardly a children's movie.

Full Review… | January 24, 2013
Film Journal International

Its meta-cinematic "think piece"-ness is redeemed by the slinky symmetries drawn between Massadian's own auteur-ship and the protagonist's narrative role.

Full Review… | January 23, 2013
Slant Magazine

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