NANA

Directed by Valérie Massadian
US release date: January 25, 2013
Directed by Valérie Massadian
68 minutes, France, 2012.
with Kelyna Lecomte and Alain Sabras.

This spare, haunting, deceptively slight film – marking the feature debut of French filmmaker Valerie Massadian – zeroes in on the behavior and existential state of its 4-year-old protagonist. Growing up in rural France, Nana lives in a seemingly idyllic environment, but Massadian increasingly complicates our notion of the child’s innocence. Opening with a matter-of-fact depiction of the butchering of a pig (Nana lives on her grandfather’s pig farm), the film gradually tightens its focus to convey the child’s perspective as she entertains herself in solitude. The subtlety and ingenuity with which Massadian reveals aspects of Nana’s environment through the details of her playing is astounding, and only gradually do we come to realize the full, disturbing extent of her situation. Founded on the remarkable rapport between filmmaker and infant actress, Nana is a delicate, unsettling, and uniquely affecting film.

More information @ Anthology Film Archive


Opens in the U.S. January 25, 2013. This film may not be shown in all US cities, please check your local listings for exact showtimes and places. Link: moviefone

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