IMDb > Nothing More (2001)

Nothing More (2001) More at IMDbPro »Nada (original title)


Overview

User Rating:
6.1/10   270 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 20% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Contact:
View company contact information for Nothing More on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
1 November 2002 (Norway) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
In Havana, a post office branch is more than a place of bureaucratic rules and regulations to ensure effective public services... See more » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
Awards:
6 wins & 6 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Nothing See more (10 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Directed by
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti 
Manuel Rodríguez 

Produced by
Thierry Forte .... producer
Sarah Halioua .... producer
Antonio P. Pérez .... producer
Camilo Vives .... producer
 
Original Music by
Edesio Alejandro 
 
Cinematography by
Raúl Rodríguez 
 
Film Editing by
Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti 
Antonio Pérez Reina  (as Antonio P. Reina)
 
Art Direction by
Guillermo Ramírez Malberti 
 
Production Management
Grisel González .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tessa Hernández .... first assistant director
 
Sound Department
Carlos Faruolo .... sound
Raúl García .... sound
Pascal Latil .... sound editor
Jean-Guy Veran .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alexis Pedroso .... assistant camera
 
Editorial Department
Elsa Fernández .... second assistant editor
 
Other crew
François Vila .... press agent
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Nada" - Cuba (original title)
See more »
Runtime:
90 min
Country:
Language:
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Soundtrack:
Qué te pedíSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
8 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Nothing, 26 April 2003
Author: Vitarai from San Francisco, CA

While the film-maker kept insisting this film is "nothing" I found it a brilliant piece of art. Filmed in black and white, but with certain items, emblems, and images in vibrant color, this film speaks volumes through it's manipulation of the art of film to say "nothing".

It is pure farce, poignant drama, and slapstick comedy all rolled into a love poem to Cuba.

While nothing in Nada should be taken too seriously, it never once panders to its audience with simple cheap laughs. Well, ok, some characters are certainly intended as pure caricatures, which others have rightly identified as in the style of "commedia d'ell arte". This is part of the film's joy. This is not to say that the film doesn't have some poignant moments.

Nada is the story of a bored and lonely postal worker in Havana named Carla who decides to play God with the letters that pass through her hands. Through a twist in fate, a spilled bit of coffee, Carla happens upon the world of the letter writers, those whose mail she mindlessly stamps "priority" on a daily basis. Suddenly she is confronted with the sadness and loneliness of not just her own life, but the world outside. For a lark she decides to re-write the letter ruined by the coffee spill, but instead of re-writing it as it had been written, she alters it.

In one of it's more brilliant and moving moments; using truly mesmerizing camera work, we listen as Carla re-writes a letter to a woman bent on ending her life. The woman's long flower patterned dress is in color. We follow this woman into an old empty house; following at a distance, as she finds her way to the bath. Carla has written her about the need to live life with a passion, and not to live simply a long life. We watch as the woman disrobes, and then slips into the bath tub, disappearing from the screen, the camera moves in slowly towards the tub. This deliberate and slow movement heightens the melodrama unfolding. Has she just climbed into an empty tub? Is this her way of ending an un-lived life? I won't spoil this moment here, you should see it for yourself.

The amazing thing about this moment, is that, as different as it is from much of the rest of the film, it doesn't feel out of place. Nor does the moment as we listen to Carla's re-write of a letter from a daughter to her father. We watch this man, thinking about the letter he has just read, as he moves slowly to the sea wall, the camera first facing him, and then slowly moving up over, and then behind him to look out to the sea with him. We don't linger, but the point has been made, for during this high tracking shot over him we have been listening to Carla's voice tell us of the love this daughter holds for her father, even while she hasn't seen him for years.

But again, Nada never takes itself seriously, it isn't about anything (please read a wry smile here). And soon we are always back to some silly moment with the nosy bureaucrats in the Post Office, or the noisome, neighbor. And finally Nada fulfills itself as a love story between Carla and Cesar, a fellow postal worker she enlists in her efforts to change the world around her.

Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti indicated at the SFIFF where I saw it, that Nada is the first of a trilogy he plans to make. For a first feature that can be both subtle at one moment, and hit you with a sledge-hammer the next I only hope the wait is very short.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (10 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for Nothing More (2001)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
the end? (spoilers) specriv
'Nada mas' will be shown in Orange County on May 13th fvidal-3
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Green Card Love Actually Tito and Me The Devil Wears Prada
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
IMDb Comedy section IMDb Cuba section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.