The Year of the Nail
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Noted director Alfonso Cuaron's son Jonas helmed this drama, which embodies one of the most unusual features to emerge on the international scene in quite some time. An experimental work overtly influenced by Chris Marker's La jet (C)e, it relies exclusively on a series of still photographs to establish its narrative trajectory, and thus avoids the moving image altogether. As the work opens, a title reads, "From 2004-5 I took photos of everything around me. At the end of that year, I ordered the images in such a way that they suggested the following narrative to me."… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 73%

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"The major enjoyment of the film comes not from the experiment but its gentle meditations on belonging, loneliness, family, love and the nature of cultural, sexual and emotional boundaries. In addition, curiously, it's beautifully acted."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic."
‑ James Christopher, Times [UK]
"Executive produced by his father and proving that talent is not hereditary, this ill-advised bit of showing off from Jonás Cuarón is exactly what you get when artistic parents indulge their offspring."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
"Año Uña feels like a calling card from a promising talent - but, as with a summer romance, it's not built to last."
‑ Charlotte O'Sullivan, This is London
"There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud."
‑ Amie Bolissian, Empire Magazine
"The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The fact that the film unfolds entirely in still photographs may seem excessively arthouse, but this is a surprisingly engaging, impressively directed and ultimately moving coming-of-age drama."
‑ Matthew Turner, ViewLondon
"A charming and intimate photo album of the imagination in which time and memory, though up to all their usual tricks, still offer snapshots of a singular truth."
‑ Anton Bitel, Film4
"Agreeably short, but it's hard to overlook that it's only a parade of still images. A film, certainly, but not quite a movie."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted."
‑ Robert Hanks, Independent
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