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Film Review: ‘Nena’

17 January 2016 4:29 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A coming-of-age tale that is also about the impending loss of a parent, the engaging, unpretentious “Nena” gets a breakout performance from Abbey Hoes in the title role. Saskia Diesing’s first theatrical feature was an underdog winner of last year’s Golden Calf awards for best director and best actress in the Netherlands. It’s nearing the end of its festival run, but further offshore prospects are likely for this small-gauge but skillfully wrought drama, particularly in home formats.

It’s the summer of 1989, and though she lives with her Dutch mother, Martha (Monic Hendrickx), in a small town near the border, 16-year-old Nena (Hoes) focuses her primarily on her father. The marriage having apparently ended for reasons not fully clear — Martha appears to want nothing to do with her ex — Martin (Uwe Ochsenknecht) is alone. Or would be, if his degenerating physical condition (resembling if never specified as »

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