Nico, 1988

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Nico, 1988 takes an absorbing -- and appropriately idiosyncratic -- look at the singer's later years.



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NICO, 1988 follows the singer-songwriter, approaching 50, leading a solitary existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico's new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico's story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind the icon.

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Critic Reviews for Nico, 1988

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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.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

Dyrholm is aces as Nico. She uncannily summons the singer's brooding performing style, along with her many complications.

Aug 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

"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.

Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
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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.

Aug 9, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film leaves one feeling that few humans have ever been quite so alone as Christa Päffgen, and yet so crowded.

Aug 8, 2018 | Full Review…
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Yet the star of Susanna Nicchiarelli's freely fictionalized biopic, Trine Dyrholm, finds fierce beauty in the woman Nico has become.

Aug 3, 2018 | Full Review…

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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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