The Film Movement DVD of the 2018 drama "Nina" presents a compelling portrait of a woman contending with a perfect storm of conflicting emotions. This angst is particularly relatable during our seemingly never ending pandemic.
The film about the titular 30-something teacher facing professional and personal crises has five festival wins to its credit. These accolades include The Big Screen Award at the 2016 Rotterdam International Film Festival.
The following trailer provides a tantalizing tease as to the stylized eroticism of this film about love that is forbidden on a few levels.
In typical style for this type of film, writer/director Olga Chajdas initially divides the screen time in "Nina" between our unhappily married straight woman and younger free-spirited lesbian Magda. These worlds collide on the two women literally running into each other.
Magda arguably both is at the right place at the right time and could not have come along at a worse time as to her chance encounter with Nina. Magda and husband Wojtek are actively seeking a surrogate to help this inconceivable couple have a child.
The attraction that Nina feels toward Magda reflects the grass being greener on the other side in many senses. The latter is younger, cuter, freer, and embraces her attraction to women.
The honeymoon period for our central couple involves equal parts love and lust. The rude awakening includes Nina learning the awful truth, Magda experiencing heartache, and Wotjek getting a chance for what he considers apt revenge. One of the most insightful lines in the film relates to Nina expressing the nature of her love for Magda in the midst of all this trauma and drama.
The bigger picture this time is that a compulsion to conceal, don't feel can result in that repression erupting in ways that have a tremendous ripple effect. The lesson is to thine own self be true before incurring slings and arrows of mass destruction,
Movement pairs "Nina" with the equally good and similarly themed short "Social Butterfly."