The Year of the Nail
The Year of the Nail (2007)

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… More

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Release Date: March 23, 2007
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Wally Hammond
Time Out

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.

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James Christopher
Times (UK)

The way that thoughts and images slip and slide over each other is inspired. If only the characters were slightly less emotionally monosyllabic.

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Elliott Noble
Sky Cinema

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.

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Amie Bolissian
Empire Magazine

There are moments of self-indulgence but, overall, Cuarón Sr. should be proud.

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Peter Bradshaw

The cardinal sin of this kind of movie, however, is to be boring. Cuarón Jr does not commit it.

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Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

Paradoxes, riddles, exchanges; apocalypses of the mind and heart. This tender, funny, constantly surprising film is the debut of the year.

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Anton Bitel

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.

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David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)

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.

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Robert Hanks
Independent (UK)

The story, about a Mexican boy's overheated crush on an American student, is indescribably banal and amateurishly acted.

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Mark Abell
A unique film, unlike any other this viewer has seen. The entire story is told with black and white still photographs and voice-over dialog. This was… More
Quinto Wallight
The second the narration starts, you just completely forget you are watching still photographs for 70+ minutes. The story is so extremely simple, but executed… More