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Nina's Tragedies (Unrated)

Release Date: March 25th (NYC-Quad Cinema & Lincoln Plaza Cinemas) by Wellspring.
The Cast: Ayelet Zurer, Yoram Hattab, Alon Abutbul, Aviv Elkabeth
In Hebrew with subtitles.

BASIC PREMISE: A young boy who develops a crush on his aunt Nina, whose life is full of grief after her husband is killed in a terrorist attack.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: A lot happens within the plot to hold one's interest. The movie mixes tragedy, drama, and-surprisingly-comedy very well. Also, Ayelet Zurer's performance as Nina is exceptional--she won Best Actress is the Israeli Academy Awards. The taboo relationship between Nina and her nephew makes one uneasy, but fortunately it is not the emphasis of the film.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: There are a lot of important themes in this film, such as love, loneliness, and friendship. The young boy learns a lot about life throughout the movie by listening and observing his surroundings. Nina is going through her own rude awakening about life, which makes the relationship with her young nephew surprisingly moving.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: At times, the good dialogue gets lost in translation.


THE BOTTOM LINE: A complex story with wonderful acting and plenty of insights about life makes for a difficult yet ultimately satisfying emotional roller-coaster ride.

RECOMMENDED WAY TO WATCH: Movie Theater (1st Run)

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