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403 Ratings


Directed by Valérie Massadian
France, 2011


Nana is four years old and lives in a stone house beyond the forest. Back from school one late afternoon, all she finds in her house is silence. A journey into the night of her childhood. The world at her height.

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Nana Directed by Valérie Massadian

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  • David R Williams's rating of the film Nana

    A strangely beautiful disquieting hypnotic dream of a film. Throughout a growing sense of pervading dread. There's an entire world that exists before and after this fragment. I want to know more about that world and yet...I feel it is better if I never do.

  • Carmen Munteanu's rating of the film Nana

    Simply beautiful. Even if it starts in such innocent joy and finishes under the burden of such sadness. Still think I've missed something on the way, I'll see it again with my daughter. Powerful lesson on surviving loss and grief, and the little girl's performance - astonishing.

  • mpho3's rating of the film Nana

    "Massadian, who worked with the child for almost two years, has coaxed a performance of remarkable lucidity. Through the stillness of her camera and the flexibility of her vision, she transforms a skeletal tale into a rich portrait of innocence poised on the very brink of awareness." - Jeanette Catsoulis, NY Times

  • FilmEdie's rating of the film Nana

    In a way I've only seen done by Tsai Ming-liang, Massadian manages in a taut 60 minutes a film that is somehow both powerfully evocative and indulgently, gorgeously soporific. As if, by holding liminal space, one can come to sense what surrounds it. Did she find the child, then write the film? Or is casting just full of perfectly charming, independent, capable, headstrong, brave and lovely four year old French girls?

  • msmichel's rating of the film Nana

    Remarkable first feature from director Valerie Massadian that captures the world from the perspective of a 4 year old girl living rurally in France with a single mother. Slight but poignant with an endearing and involving turn by wee Kelyna Lecomte. The still camera adds a certain verisimilitude to the images captured. Bears promise.

  • Wee Hunk's rating of the film Nana

    It starts with badness towards animals? WTF? I thought they might slip it in later. I didn't even make it 5 minutes into the movie before I tapped out.

  • Dada Kubin's rating of the film Nana

    A movie I'd like to like more than I actually did. Beautiful cinematography, good acting, thematically interesting (by which I mean the juxtaposition of the child and the baby animals, and in general the relationship between humans and animals). Lots of good things, yet the whole point seems vague, and thus even at its short length it starts to feel like the cinematic equivalent of doodling.

  • Renton47's rating of the film Nana

    Massadian lures us in with a static frame that alludes to the tranquility of this monastic lifestyle, though the distress of the pig slaughter begins to suggest otherwise. For Nana the rural setting is suggestive of such idyll but it's at ends with the furious pace which her mother moves through the frame, a figure of discontent. From that we build our own narratives, and I wrongly suspected a metaphysical fable.

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