Nervous Translation

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8 year old Yael is a shy girl, inquisitive yet withdrawn, and lives in her own private world. She prefers writing letters rather than joining in with her cousins and dancing to the delight of family members. She lives at home with her mother, while her uncle is in a rock band and is the only father figure around her. She has an absent father working in Saudi Arabia to help support the family back home. Her only connection with him is the recorded cassettes he sends her mother, which she listens to incessantly. One day she sees a TV advert for a pen that can translate nervous thoughts, so she starts saving and sets out to find this 'magic' pen.


Critic Reviews for Nervous Translation

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (3)

  • An intelligent and idiosyncratic film that lands on the skin, then lingers in the mind.

    Apr 5, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • As a slice of life, as a direct transcription of a child's-eye view of the world, it is intriguingly and lovingly detailed.

    Apr 4, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Tracking a second-grader's eccentric efforts to perceive the chaotic circumstances whirling around her, Shireen Seno has teased a piece of contemplative cinema out of a restless child's play.

    Mar 19, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Shireen Seno's portrait of a remarkably imaginative and self-contained child at a specifically 1980s Filipino moment is full of both charming whimsy and a delicately observed, melancholy universality.

    Apr 16, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Nervous Translation continually reminds us of the limits and partiality of its child perspective, even as it presents glimpses of Val's own interiority.

    Apr 2, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Where so many films concentrate on how private lives become embroiled in historical events, Seno focuses on what is undoubtedly more common: those instances when private life seems to continue as usual, indifferent to the warp of political change.

    Jan 24, 2019 | Full Review…

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