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Year of the Nail (2007)

Año uña (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | February 2008 (USA)
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A love story between a Mexican teenager and an older American woman who meet one summer in Mexico.

Director:

Jonás Cuarón

Writer:

Jonás Cuarón (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Eireann Harper Eireann Harper ... Molly
Diego Cataño ... Diego
Michele Alban Michele Alban ... Grandma Michele
Cristina Orozco ... Grandma Cristina
Mariana Elizondo Mariana Elizondo ... Mom
Pia Elizondo Pia Elizondo ... Aunt
Emilia Garcia Emilia Garcia ... Emilia
Mateo Garcia Mateo Garcia ... Mateo
Jeronimo Garcia Jeronimo Garcia ... Cousin
Paulina Lavista Paulina Lavista ... Grandpa's Wife
Pablo Elizondo Pablo Elizondo ... Uncle
Katie Hegarty Katie Hegarty ... Katie
Max Shmookler Max Shmookler ... Molly's Boyfriend
Jesús Ochoa ... Additional Voices
David Lida David Lida ... Additional Voices
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A love story between a Mexican teenager and an older American woman who meet one summer in Mexico.

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

An early cut of the film featured photographs of director Jonás Cuarón's own infected toenail doubling as that of Diego, but they were removed from the final cut because they were deemed too gruesome. See more »

Goofs

When Molly sees the volcano from the window of the airplane, it is clear from the angle of the wing that it is on the right side of the plane. A moment later we see that she is in fact sitting on the left side. See more »

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Keep an open mind and you'll be rewarded
13 March 2008 | by larry-411See all my reviews

"Año Uña" screened in the Emerging Visions section at the 2008 SXSW Film Festival which, loosely translated, means films out-of-competition which are often among the most unique and original works screened here. And, boy, was this film unique. That term is a cliché and not one to be thrown about lightly but this is about as original as can be -- "Año Uña" isn't even a "movie."

Jonas Cuaron spent a couple of years in Mexico (with a short hop to New York City) photographing people he knew. With a camera. A still camera. He then took those stills and pieced them together along with a script to create an 80 minute narrative feature. My first thought was, gee, nice slideshow -- can I sit through 80 minutes of stills with a voice-over? What I found was that the experience became more compelling as the characters became more engaging. Nobody knows what he was actually documenting at the time but the story Cuaron created, ultimately exploring a tentative relationship between a 20-something American studying in Mexico (a "gringa") and a 14-year-old boy just discovering (read "obsessing") about the wonders of the opposite sex, is poignant and funny.

Lead actors Eireann Harper and Diego Catano are so charming that the stills-as-motion picture device falls away and we find ourselves creating the images in the gaps, which is essentially what a movie is anyway, after all -- just frames per second while our brain fills the spaces in between. Black and white gives way to color about halfway through the "movie," and the Americans often speak Spanish (with English subtitles) while the Mexicans try to speak English (with Spanish subtitles). I found myself reading both -- "oh, wait a second, they are speaking in English -- why am I reading Spanish subtitles?"

As a photographer, Cuaron is excellent and the pictures would stand on their own as a fine exhibition of photography. The script he penned also makes for a fascinating story so, although this is quite an original way to create a "movie," it all works somehow. In the end, I wanted to stay with these characters and find out what happens next. If that was his goal, Cuaron succeeded.


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Country:

Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

February 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Rok paznokcia See more »

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Budget:

$8,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,882
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Esperanto Filmoj See more »
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Color
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