Ayelet Zorer gives Nina grace, sexiness and a real personality. She's someone you'd want to see a movie about, though maybe you'd wish the movie were a little more polished than this one.
| Original Score: B-
Israeli society is one that has ample experience processing grief, and Nina's Tragedies explores that challenge with humanity and humor.
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt.
| Original Score: 4/4
A humorous warts-and-all portrayal of a family.
| Original Score: 3/4
Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
A richly evoked family drama.
Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments.
A sad little comedy with enough surprises to keep the viewer guessing, and fine performances by all.
It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting.
| Original Score: B
A thoughtful and satisfying film of the sort American filmmakers rarely achieve.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Writer-director Savi Gabizon brings a startling freshness to the coming-of-age tale.
[An] intricately woven screenplay, captivating characters and observations of the complexities of modern Israeli life.
| Original Score: A-
If, at times, he lays on the surrealist touches with a trowel, it's a small price to pay for the goofy tenderness with which he ministers to his hapless, self-absorbed characters, and bestows on them a hard-won peace.
A serio-comic look at an Israeli teenager's coming-of-age, centering on his attraction to his emotionally fragile Aunt, the film belongs to the growing pains genre.
| Original Score: B+
This wry comedy drama has excellent acting and surprises galore.
With improbable charm, Gabizon knits it all together, his characters' sexual obsessions and earthiness tempered by a soulful melancholy.
The boy's adjustments to Nina and her emotional tempests comes with flashes of comedy, the poignancy of lost and reclaimed love, a sprinkle of shame, and some silliness.
| Original Score: 3/5
The path to the grave is often a bumpy fusion of the serene and the shrill.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters.