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The Year of the Nail

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.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
Times [UK]

The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

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.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

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.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Independent

Año Uña feels like a calling card from a promising talent - but, as with a summer romance, it's not built to last.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

The fact that the film unfolds entirely in still photographs may seem excessively arthouse, but this is a surprisingly engaging, impressively directed and ultimately moving coming-of-age drama.

November 28, 2008 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Year of the Nail

A unique film, unlike any other this viewer has seen. The entire story is told with black and white still photographs and voice-over dialog. This was captivating as it told the story of a young, horny, fourteen year-old Mexican boy and the college-age Gringa that he becomes infatuated with over the course of a few months. The relationship that develops remains platonic, but only because neither truly knows what the other is thinking. At times it felt like a commentary on the cultural divide between two people from different backgrounds, and at other times it felt more like a straightforward coming of age tale. But it always kept the viewer's interest.
November 30, 2011
Mark Abell

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The second the narration starts, you just completely forget you are watching still photographs for 70+ minutes. The story is so extremely simple, but executed with such lovely, funny, sweet and touching characters that you can't help but fall in love; it was a will-they-or-won't-they anxiety I was very happy to be going through. I can't describe the movie anything better than pure enjoyment all the way through.
September 29, 2009
Quinto Wallight

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