Nina (2004)

Nina (2004)

Guta StresserMyrian MunizMilhem CortazAmérico Córdula
Heitor Dhalia


Nina (2004) is a Portuguese movie. Heitor Dhalia has directed this movie. Guta Stresser,Myrian Muniz,Milhem Cortaz,Américo Córdula are the starring of this movie. It was released in 2004. Nina (2004) is considered one of the best Drama,Animation,Thriller movie in India and around the world.

Psychological thriller larded with manga-like animations about the young, poor comic strip illustrator Nina, living with her mean landlady. She sinks further and further into a violent fantasy world.

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  • Very impressive and entertaining


    Vague spoilers. This is a beautifully executed film. Many of us – particularly students - will recognise the grungy hard-up existence of Nina, and it's all here: the noir apartment, the landlady from hell, the sense of aimlessness, the claustrophobia of poverty. Nina is artistic but doesn't care much for society. She is looking for a way to express herself through her drawings, but having thrown up her job in a burger restaurant, is impoverished to the point of eating cat food. She meets a blind man who she plays around with and then blithely robs because she sees herself as more needy than he is. She then proceeds to give money to a drunken whore who is thrown out of a cab. Prostitution is a looming but unwelcome option for Nina and she can sympathise with the woman's desperate condition. Back at the flat, Nina's landlady, a fascinating, bitter, twisted old stick of a woman, delights in petty acts of persecution. This performance is masterly in making us hate her more by her mannerism than her vindictive actions (which are not entirely unreasonable considering that Nina owes her rent). Nina becomes increasingly neurotic and desperate and we begin to delve into her mental world, very effectively aided by the use of her own drawings. The black and white drawings and rudimentary animations are themselves deeply fascinating. After Nina reaches snapping point, a series of surreal events follow reflecting her anguish and mental tension. This is where the film draws most on Dostoyevsky's novel (should we be inclined to make the connection). There are a couple of particularly brilliant moments: the would-be tenant who starts barking outside the door, and the two mysterious men fighting silently in the corridor who, in a quite stunning unexpected twist, turn out to be merely playing. Really great cinema.

  • Raskolnikov draws cartoons in Sao Paulo


    A farcical, highly abridged adaptation of Dostoevsky's _Crime and Punishment_ set in contemporary Sao Paulo. The protagonist is an underemployed girl who wallpapers her room with the dark, manga-like cartoons she draws. This is perhaps indicative of her introversion, her immersion in a world of fantastic ideas and impressions; when events elicit highly charged reactions, these are rendered as cartoons. The girl's nemesis is her shrewish, niggardly landlady, who is rendered very convincingly detestable (in far more detail than Alena Ivanovna was). How Nina deals with her will come as no surprise to readers of the original novel but here that crime becomes a culmination of the story rather than its centerpiece. The focus, instead, is on the straitened youthful existence that leads up to it. A highlight of the film is Nina's encounter and tryst with a very characterful blind man. "Nina" is an entertaining affair with none of the religious depth and anxiety of the book it is based on.

  • Is there a novel in the house?


    Re-working Raskolnikov as a listless but poor goth girl/would-be comic book artist in Sao Paolo, Brazil may have been an ingenious idea. Maybe it would have worked as a farce or a dark comedy. But setting up the expectations of a contemporary reworking of CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, NINA shows little understanding of the source material. It's an attempt at a radical reinterpretation that completely misses out on what made Dostoevsky's novel so brilliant. In the novel, the crime is deliberately planned out, committed without remorse. The punishment comes later. Here, it's a crime committed in the heat of the moment where the after-effects are an immediate loss of sanity. It's not simply that the film lacks the psychological depth of the Dostoyevski novel - that would be like complaining that a pond is shallow compared to an ocean - but that we are directed to feel sympathy for Nina. But why should we? We are not given any reason to other than images of her eating cat food. As a portrait of the difficulties facing Brazilian youth, the film serves as its own worst enemy since, in the case of its protagonist, it makes the difficulties appear to be self-imposed. Director Heitor Dhalia also wants to have it both ways - Nina steals from a blind man but then she gives part of her loot to a woman who's been violently thrown out of a cab for not having the money to pay for the ride. And I have nothing wrong with unlikeable protagonists (they can make for compelling films) but that the film attempts to elicit feelings of sympathy for her while not giving us any reason to. As a "descent into the mind of someone losing their mind", the film lacks the urban suffocation of the masterpiece of the genre, Roman Polanski's REPULSION. Attempts at creepy atmospherics feel forced (a product of the sound design/cinematography) and lacking any emotional depth or resonance. By far, the highlight of the film is Myrian Muniz as the landlady from hell who plays the part with repulsive perfection (her evil wench is reminiscent of Anne Ramsey of THROW MOMMA FROM THE TRAIN and THE GOONIES fame).

  • Misguided


    This film really hooked me at the beginning. It was beautifully shot with a great sound design. It quickly captured a wonderful dark seedy world brimming with surreal, grotesque characters. Unfortunately, it didn't have much for these characters to do and the film quickly slid downhill. While the actress who played Nina was strong, the character was not somebody you wanted to spend time with, particularly after a very cruel trick she plays on a blind man. She makes no attempt to solve any of the problems she has created for herself and the last act of the movie, where we are forced to delve into her madness, was tiresome and irritating. I think the director could be capable of great things given a strong script because the vision behind it was really intriguing. But Nina is not the sort of person you want to spend an hour and a half in the dark with.


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