Nina's Tragedies (2005)
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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.
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A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt.
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(*** 1/2): [img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif[/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.
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.
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