Nina's Tragedies (2005)



Critic Consensus: Modern Israeli life is put under the microscope in this well-acted, if contrived, tale by director Savi Gabizon.

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Israeli filmmaker Savi Gabizon directs the tragi-comic drama Ha-Asonot Shel Nina, also released as Nina's Tragedies (A Very Sad Comedy). Teenaged boy Nadav (Aviv Elkabeth) is secretly in love with his beautiful Aunt Nina (Ayelet Zurer). When her husband dies and his parents get divorced, Nadav is more than willing to go live with her. However, many strange things start to happen just after he arrives. Nadav's estranged father (Yoram Hattab) suddenly wants to reconnect with him after many years. … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Comedy
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Written By: Savi Gabizon
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On DVD: Sep 13, 2005
Box Office: $0.2M
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Critic Reviews for Nina's Tragedies

All Critics (37) | Top Critics (16)

The dry humor is disarming. The ensemble cast is engaging and interesting to watch. And the main plot, as it were (will Nadav and Nina find respective happiness?), is suspenseful.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt.

Full Review… | June 10, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.

May 26, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting.

Full Review… | May 12, 2005
Dallas Morning News
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The chief problem with this exasperating and shamelessly contrived award-winning Israeli movie: It doesn't know when to stop telling and start showing.

Full Review… | April 8, 2005
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Nina's Tragedies

Nina's Tragedies is a well-done serio-comical look at a young boy growing up in the midst of chaos. The one constant in Nadav's (Aviv Elkabeth) life is his puppy-love for his aunt, Nina (Ayelet Zurer). His father moved out, his mother entertains a string of lovers, and he gets his fondest wish when the woman of his dreams needs someone to help her deal with the sudden death of her husband. The cast is terrific, and the comedy is low-key while dealing with some serious issues of love and trust and abandonment. The pace is slow, to the point of almost losing momentum altogether, but picks up again before complete paralysis takes over. This would have benefited from a slightly firmer hand in the editing room, but was still quite entertaining.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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[font=Century Gothic][color=teal]"Nina's Tragedies" is a movie from Israel that starts out with a funeral, It then goes back two days when Nadav's uncle is reading his journal which he had lost some days before. The movie is told from teenage Nadav's viewpoint, through his journal, as he observes what goes on in his family's life, especially his young aunt, Nina, who has just become a widow. Nadav is a Peeping Tom(I haven't seen it but did "Brighton Beach Memoirs" have a teenage character whose main goal in life was to see a naked woman while eating ice cream?). It's even more disturbing and creepy when you consider that his partner in crime is a middle-aged man. What's his story?[/color][/font]
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[font=Century Gothic][color=#008080]There is nothing in "Nina's Tragedies" that we have not seen before. (Especially when you compare it to last year's "Broken Wings", also from Israel.) The framing device takes over a movie that should be about the grieving process of the title character. The most memorable parts of the movie involve such tiny details as a wobbly wheel and tracheotomy patients. This is a movie that wants to come to a tidy conclusion for all of its characters. On the plus side, Ayelet Zurer, as the eponymous lead character, is very good. [/color][/font]
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Walter M.

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