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Nico, 1988 (2017)

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The last year of singer Nico's life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons.
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Credited cast:
Trine Dyrholm ... Christa Päffgen a.k.a Nico
John Gordon Sinclair ... Richard
Anamaria Marinca ... Sylvia
Sandor Funtek ... Ari
Thomas Trabacchi ... Domenico
Karina Fernandez ... Laura
Calvin Demba ... Alex
Francesco Colella ... Francesco
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marianna Cappi Marianna Cappi ... Journalist
Leonardo Cesari Leonardo Cesari ... Jazz drummer
Béatrice Didier Béatrice Didier ... French journalist
Sebastian Dimulescu Sebastian Dimulescu ... Kid Ari
John Dobrynine ... Mr. Daniels
Dylan Donnel Dylan Donnel ... German kid
Freddy Drabble Freddy Drabble ... First Radio interviewer


The last year of singer Nico's life, as she tours and grapples with addiction and personal demons.

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The last year's of an inspiration of punk.


Biography | Drama | Music

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for drug use, language, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

Did You Know?


At 1h 10min mark there is a "KUD Idijoti" poster on the wall. KUD Idijoti were famous Croatian (then Yugoslavian) punk rock band. Movie takes place in 1987 so it is very hard that you could see KUD Idijoti poster outside the ex - Yugoslavia. Not because they weren't popular outside Yugoslavia but they were just formed in 1987.

KUD Idioti stands for Folklore Society "Idiots" See more »


Christa Päffgen a.k.a Nico: Am I ugly?
Richard: Yes. Really.
Christa Päffgen a.k.a Nico: Good. I wasn't happy when I was beautiful.
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Big in Japan
Written by Marian Gold, Bernhard Lloyd, Frank Mertens
Performed by Trine Dyrholm
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Painful decline of a star
25 September 2020 | by PaulDallaSee all my reviews

No music and scenes from Lou Reed and Velvet Underground years, the movie is entirely dedicated to the last years of Nico's life, and in particular to her last and sad tour in Europe. Susanna Nicchiarelli portrays the former model and Andy Warhol's muse in her painful and problematic adult phase, which sees her tired and dissatisfied, desperate to break free from her drug and success past, when she was beautiful but not happy. A crude and bleak portrait, which Dyrholm renders fully convincing.

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Release Date:

1 August 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,309, 5 August 2018

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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