a very interesting experience watching this film, full attention is required to get the most immersion. watching the child in the film behave and interact with the objects and the quiet nature of the film made for a really reflective watch. i constantly had a feeling throughout the film of feeling as those i did many of the things the child in the film does. also some really unforgettable moments like the opening.
Exceptional film. I would love to see Valérie Massadian’s other films. Could you please show them MUBI? There is also a working class element to this story that is very grounding and endearing. The star of the film is of course the child Nana who is so natural to the role that I believe she was not scripted at all. Extremely realistic and you are taken in by the film immediately. Congratulations Valérie and MUBI
The story, acting, cinematography is very strong yet it lacks something that I can't name. At the same time, it was ravishing to watch the little actress doing her own chores, playing alone, reading alone and talking to herself. These scenes were great and intimate.
Vivid scenes of the French rural life : good mise-en-scène, beautiful compositions and lighting, working situations mixed with intimate moments. Extraordinary performance (or directing) of the little girl. Particularly impressed by the repetition of similar scenes, similar experiences, which guide the little girl to cope with life.
Decent, minimal, a little disjointed but at times beautiful. I will say that I'm always skeptical of films that have to be carried by a child-actor. In this respect Nana succeeds immensely. Massadian did a fantastic job at directing the little-lead which is a worthy achievement, especially of an actor this young.
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.
"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
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.
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.
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.