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Nico, 1988 takes an absorbing -- and appropriately idiosyncratic -- look at the singer's later years.
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"I'm selective about my audience," says the singer. "I don't need everybody to like me." With a dour, sophisticated film that won't be to everyone's taste, writer-director Nicchiarelli seems to have taken those words to heart.
Dyrholm is aces as Nico. She uncannily summons the singer's brooding performing style, along with her many complications.
"Nico, 1988" is worth a look... for its portrait of a spirit absolutely unyielding, who expected the worst from life and found cold, beautiful comfort when she got it.
There is a low-key blandness to Susanna Nicchiarelli's film... elevated by a subtle, powerful performance by German actress Trine Dyrholm, whose complex and spot-on portrayal of Nico gives the film soul, albeit a lonely one.
The film leaves one feeling that few humans have ever been quite so alone as Christa Päffgen, and yet so crowded.
Yet the star of Susanna Nicchiarelli's freely fictionalized biopic, Trine Dyrholm, finds fierce beauty in the woman Nico has become.
Not a particularly fun movie to watch, but it is indeed a fascinating one and, if nothing else, it should inspire most viewers, if they haven't already, to go back and revise the Nico discography for themselves.
Nico, 1988 plays like the impressionistic indie feature you might expect it to be, given its esoteric subject matter, but its multi-faceted and realistic portrayal of the singer holds your attention.
Over and over again, Nicchiarelli's film advocates for a recognition of Nico that goes beyond her stint as a singer for The Velvet Underground.
Overall, this kind of compassionate dismantling of Nico the myth is done with insight, tenderness, and clear-eyed realism.
For [fans], Nico, 1988 is like traveling back in time and seeing a god reincarnated.
The story of a heroin addict in midlife, vulgar and morose, may not be prime material for a biopic.
Trine Dyrholm offers us a jaw-dropping performance - intense, committed and unforgettable - as an aged star struggling with depression and drug addiction, while this honest character study paints a three-dimensional portrait of who Christa Päffgen was in her last years before her death.
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