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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
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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.
Barely over an hour, the sketch feels lovely, unhurried and a bit insignificant.
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.
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.
Tedious and slightly sickening, Valérie Massadian's debut feature focuses on a child but is hardly a children's movie.
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