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Nico, 1988

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Italy, Belgium · 2017
Rated R · 1h 33m
Director Susanna Nicchiarelli
Starring Trine Dyrholm, John Gordon Sinclair, Anamaria Marinca, Sandor Funtek
Genre Drama

The muse of Andy Warhol, Christa Päffgen, stage name Nico, singer with the band Velvet Underground and a woman of legendary beauty. She gained a new lease of life after the story everyone knows, when she launched her solo career.

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The Film Stage by

It’s the brains behind the brawn that makes Brawl in Cell Block 99 one of the year’s highlights in the action genre.


IndieWire by David Ehrlich

Thanks to the fleshed out messiness of Dyrholm’s performance, and how eerily the former Eurovision contestant brings Nico back to life whenever she sings, the movie is able to support the sketchiness of its approach.


The New York Times by Jeannette Catsoulis

Ms. Dyrholm, photographed frequently in brutally unforgiving close-up, fully captures the faded charisma of the woman whose life reads like a Who’s Who of the New York midcentury art scene.


CineVue by John Bleasdale

Danish singer and actress Trine Dyrholm plays the diva with verve and energy, in a portrait which is also something of a reevaluation.


The Film Stage by Jose Solís

In Dyrholm, Nicchiarelli found the ideal partner to bring to life such an iconic figure. The Danish actress channels Christa’s larger than life presence, her sardonic charm, and most surprising of all: her singing voice.


Variety by Owen Gleiberman

Dyrholm’s performance is a powerhouse of authenticity. Her moroseness is mesmerizing, but she also gives Nico a tense intelligence, and her singing is uncanny.


Screen International by Sarah Ward

Nicchiarelli brings broader contemplations that help lift the film beyond the usual run-through of sex, drugs, rock ’n’ roll, regrets, righting past wrongs, carving out meaningful relationships with those previously neglected along the way, and facing the future on one’s own terms.


Slant Magazine by Wes Greene

The unflashy, austere visual style of the film is but a veneer over writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli's deceptively radical treatment of the musical biopic.

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