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  • R
  • 2018
  • 1 hr 33 min
  • 6.7  (2,051)
  • 75

In the 1980s, the former model and Warhol muse Christa Paffgen, known as Nico, lives a solitary life in Manchester, far from her glam days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for The Velvet Underground. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico's new manager Richard convinces her to hit the road again and tour Europe to promote her latest album. Struggling with her demons and the consequences of a muddled life, she longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago. A brave and uncompromising musician, Nico's story is the story of a rebirth: of an artist, a mother, and the woman behind iconic songs such as "Femme Fatale," "All Tomorrow's Parties," "Heroes," "Chelsea Girls," and "These Days."

Directed by Susanna Nicchiarelli and starring Trine Dyrholm as Nico, 1988 offers a poignant portrayal of a talented and complex personality whose voice and persona had a lasting impact on the music and cultural scene of the 1960s and beyond. Nico's story is not a traditional biopic, but a carefully crafted character study that explores the themes of identity, creativity, addiction, motherhood, and the quest for meaning and redemption in a world that often mistakes fame for happiness. The film captures the mood of the times through stunning cinematography, authentic costumes, and a remarkable soundtrack that blends Nico's compositions with covers and classics that influenced her work.

Trine Dyrholm gives a mesmerizing performance as Nico, conveying the singer's demeanor, accent, and sensibility with remarkable accuracy and empathy. Dyrholm's Nico is not a mere impression or imitation but a complex and nuanced creation that captures the contradictions and subtleties of the real person behind the legend. From her deep voice to her icy stare, from her erratic behavior to her fragile vulnerability, Dyrholm's Nico is a force to be reckoned with, a woman who refuses to compromise her art or conform to society's expectations, even when faced with adversity and rejection.

The supporting cast is equally impressive, with John Gordon Sinclair as Richard, Nico's manager and friend, who tries to balance his loyalty to her with his pragmatic approach to the music industry. Sinclair's performance is subtle and understated, yet he manages to convey the nuances of Richard's relationship with Nico, his ambitions and frustrations, and his genuine affection for her. Anamaria Marinca plays Ari, a young Polish woman who joins Nico on tour as her assistant and translator. Ari's character provides a fresh perspective on Nico's persona and legacy, as she tries to understand and appreciate the singer's music and personality, despite their generational and cultural differences. Marinca's performance is convincing and touching, as she brings a warmth and humor to Ari, who becomes a true friend and confidant to Nico.

Overall, Nico, 1988 is an engaging and thought-provoking film that celebrates the life and legacy of a unique artist whose influence and impact go beyond her tragic end. The film offers an intimate and honest portrayal of Nico's struggles and triumphs, her demons and angels, and her enduring legacy as a woman who refused to be tamed, silenced, or forgotten. Whether you are a fan of Nico's music or not, this film will resonate with anyone who has ever tried to find their voice, their place in the world, and their path to redemption. Nico, 1988 is a must-see for all lovers of music, art, and humanity.

Nico,1988 is a 2018 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 33 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.7 and a MetaScore of 75.

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    6.7  (2,051)
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