Nina's Tragedies
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Israeli filmmaker Savi Gabizon directs the tragi-comic drama Ha-Asonot Shel Nina, also released as Nina's Tragedies (A Very Sad Comedy). Teenaged boy Nadav (Aviv Elkabeth) is secretly in love with his beautiful Aunt Nina (Ayelet Zurer). When her husband dies and his parents get divorced, Nadav is more than willing to go live with her. However, many strange things start to happen just after he arrives. Nadav's estranged father (Yoram Hattab) suddenly wants to reconnect with him after many years. Also, the mourning Nina is pursued by a photographer named Avinoam (Alon Aboutbul).… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The dry humor is disarming. The ensemble cast is engaging and interesting to watch. And the main plot, as it were (will Nadav and Nina find respective happiness?), is suspenseful."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Engagingly odd and full of sad, funny moments."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A dark, morose, confusing hodgepodge of uninteresting and unbelievable characters."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"Passing eccentricities of character, but serious trouble staging honest and coherent emotional scenes....a surplus of preciousness and a deficit of truth-ringing reality."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Gavison's whimsical and melancholy tragicomedy keeps the Israeli-Arab conflict in the background."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A gently quirky, touching comedy from Israel about a young boy's infatuation with his aunt."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"It's well acted, and well written, but it rarely delivers the emotional resonance you keep expecting."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Ayelet Zorer gives Nina grace, sexiness and a real personality. She's someone you'd want to see a movie about, though maybe you'd wish the movie were a little more polished than this one."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"The comedy is feather-light and the emotions are drawn on situation, rather than on genuine involvement with substantively developed characters."
‑ Arthur Lazere, culturevulture.net
"A richly evoked family drama."
‑ Sono Motoyama, Philadelphia Daily News
"Nina's Tragedies is full of gentle, labyrinthian turns, sly and sweet."
‑ Achy Obejas, Chicago Tribune
"The chief problem with this exasperating and shamelessly contrived award-winning Israeli movie: It doesn't know when to stop telling and start showing."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"Israeli society is one that has ample experience processing grief, and Nina's Tragedies explores that challenge with humanity and humor."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"A humorous warts-and-all portrayal of a family."
‑ Laura Kelly, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A sad little comedy with enough surprises to keep the viewer guessing, and fine performances by all."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
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