The Year of the Nail (2008)
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Noted director Alfonso Cuaron's son Jonas helmed this drama, which embodies one of the most unusual features to emerge on the international scene in quite some time. An experimental work overtly influenced by Chris Marker's La jet (C)e, it relies exclusively on a series of still photographs to establish its narrative trajectory, and thus avoids the moving image altogether. As the work opens, a title reads, "From 2004-5 I took photos of everything around me. At the end of that year, I ordered the
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The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted.
There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud.
A charming and intimate photo album of the imagination in which time and memory, though up to all their usual tricks, still offer snapshots of a singular truth.
The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.
The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it.
Agreeably short, but it's hard to overlook that it's only a parade of still images. A film, certainly, but not quite a movie.
Executive produced by his father and proving that talent is not hereditary, this ill-advised bit of showing off from Jonás Cuarón is exactly what you get when artistic parents indulge their offspring.
Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year.
The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted.
Año Uña feels like a calling card from a promising talent - but, as with a summer romance, it's not built to last.
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