Nina's Tragedies (2005)



Critic Consensus: Modern Israeli life is put under the microscope in this well-acted, if contrived, tale by director Savi Gabizon.

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Israeli filmmaker Savi Gabizon directs the tragi-comic drama Ha-Asonot Shel Nina, also released as Nina's Tragedies (A Very Sad Comedy). Teenaged boy Nadav (Aviv Elkabeth) is secretly in love with his beautiful Aunt Nina (Ayelet Zurer). When her husband dies and his parents get divorced, Nadav is more than willing to go live with her. However, many strange things start to happen just after he arrives. Nadav's estranged father (Yoram Hattab) suddenly wants to reconnect with him after many years. Also, the mourning Nina is pursued by a photographer named Avinoam (Alon Aboutbul). Nina's Tragedies won several awards at the Jerusalem Film Festival before its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2004.
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama
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Yoram Hatav
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Critic Reviews for Nina's Tragedies

All Critics (31) | Top Critics (12)

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Full Review… | August 15, 2007
Time Out
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Full Review… | February 8, 2006
Time Out
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The dry humor is disarming. The ensemble cast is engaging and interesting to watch. And the main plot, as it were (will Nadav and Nina find respective happiness?), is suspenseful.

Full Review… | July 29, 2005
San Francisco Chronicle
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Full Review… | June 24, 2005
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt.

June 10, 2005
Houston Chronicle
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Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet.

Full Review… | June 3, 2005
Chicago Tribune
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Audience Reviews for Nina's Tragedies


(*** 1/2): [img][/img] A well-acted and darkly funny coming-of-age film.


Nadavi is a 10-year-old-boy who is in love with his beautiful aunt, Nina. Like Nadavi, Nina was always in love with her teenager sweetheart (Haimon) in a very troubled and unhealthy relationship. Right after a huge fight, Nina and Haimon decide to get married but it does not last because Haimon is killed, and Nina becomes a very young widow. During Haimon's funeral, Nadavi's father (Yoran) tries to reconnect with him and an enigmatic photographer comes to console Nina. In order to help Nina to recover, Nadavi's mother (Alona) asks him to stay with Nina to keep her company as well as Alona will be able to have more privacy with her boyfriend (Issie). Nina is going to miss Haimon a lot at the same time that is going to feel guilty about her recovering, and Nadavi is going to have trouble to understand Nina. This is a movie about modern Israeli life.

Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez
Claudia Feitosa-Santana Hernandez

Nina's Tragedies is a well-done serio-comical look at a young boy growing up in the midst of chaos. The one constant in Nadav's (Aviv Elkabeth) life is his puppy-love for his aunt, Nina (Ayelet Zurer). His father moved out, his mother entertains a string of lovers, and he gets his fondest wish when the woman of his dreams needs someone to help her deal with the sudden death of her husband. The cast is terrific, and the comedy is low-key while dealing with some serious issues of love and trust and abandonment. The pace is slow, to the point of almost losing momentum altogether, but picks up again before complete paralysis takes over. This would have benefited from a slightly firmer hand in the editing room, but was still quite entertaining.

Mark Abell
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