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107 Ratings

Nico, 1988

Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Italy, Belgium, 2017
Music, Drama, Biography


Approaching 50, singer-songwriter Nico leads a solitary low-key existence in Manchester, far from her 60s glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for cult band The Velvet Underground. She doesn’t care much anymore about her looks nor her career, performing thanks to her new manager..

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Nico, 1988 Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli
Whether or not Nico ever actually performed live like this, the film—and Dyrholm’s terrific, surprisingly warm performance—persuade you that she might have released her wilder side in this way. What’s enjoyable, and very human, about Nicchiarelli’s film is that it also reveals the singer’s dry humor, and the weary but wry vulnerability behind the formidable noli me tangere force field that was her public persona.
August 02, 2018
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“I’ve been on the top, I’ve been on the bottom,” she says at one point. “Both places are empty.” This hollowness of spirit, the feeling that a boat has somehow been missed, saturates the film; and Ms. Nicchiarelli, using brief archival flickers of Warhol’s Factory parties, deftly connects the carefree chaos of Päffgen’s past to the dark desperation of her present.
July 31, 2018
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The unflashy, austere visual style of writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli’s Nico, 1988 is but a veneer over the film’s deceptively radical treatment of the musical biopic.
July 30, 2018
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