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Nancy (2018)

Not Rated | | Drama, Mystery | 16 August 2018 (Denmark)
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Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.

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Christina Choe

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Christina Choe
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Credited cast:
Andrea Riseborough ... Nancy Freeman
Steve Buscemi ... Leo
Ann Dowd ... Betty
John Leguizamo ... Jeb
J. Smith-Cameron ... Ellen
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marinda Anderson ... News Anchor
Jamie Angelle ... News Anchor
Lorenzo Beronilla Lorenzo Beronilla ... Hospital Visitor
Owen Campbell ... Jordan
Samrat Chakrabarti ... Raj
Olli Haaskivi ... Dr. Waters
René Ifrah ... Jake Lee
James Karpowicz James Karpowicz ... Diner Patron
Virginia Kull ... Deb Loden
Linda Kutrubes Linda Kutrubes ... Waitress
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Nancy becomes increasingly convinced she was kidnapped as a child. When she meets a couple whose daughter went missing thirty years ago, reasonable doubts give way to willful belief.

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Drama | Mystery

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John Leguizamo and Andrea Riseborough also appeared together in Waco (2018) See more »

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Unconditionally loved it
25 October 2018 | by bashfulbadgerSee all my reviews

The beginning of the movie was absorbingly unhurried, drawing you into the claustrophobic confines of antiheroine Nancy's (Andrea Riseborough) white bread world.

We witness her dysfunctional co-dependency with undemonstrative mother Betty (Ann Dowd, even dourer than in Handmaid). A poor excuse for a parent, she is the antonym of empowering of her offspring, discouraging downtrodden Nancy from trying, convinced she'll never succeed.

Riseborough impressively blends vulnerability and an innate dishonesty as this lost child-woman floundering on the outskirts of society cooking up interesting life experiences to swap like recipes in work lunch breaks, in an effort to convince everybody else that she's just like them.

When she wishful thinks herself the child kidnapped from dream parents Ellen (J. Smith-Cameron) and (Steve Buscemi) as a five-year-old, you cross your fingers and pray she's finally found where she belongs.

Ellen for me was the revelation in the piece, a picture of heartbreaking hope and desperate desire that this pretender's story prove true. The bond they forge is beautiful and visibly enriches them both. Smith-Cameron's face, betraying all her emotions, and her developing unconditional love for this would-be daughter reduce me to tears. Paul Raeburn's music helps to destroy me.

The film is full of ambiguities that intrigue rather than frustrate. Not much happens, in fact but we're allowed to watch a family drama play out and a soul adrift's quest for a safe mooring.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 2018 (Denmark) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Liberty, New York, USA

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Opening Weekend USA:

$15,056, 10 June 2018

Gross USA:

$80,115

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$92,000
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