Movie Review – Nina (2018)

Nina, 2018.

Directed by Olga Chajdas.

Starring Julia Kijowska, Eliza Rycembel, Andrzej Konopka, Maria Peszek, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, Tatiana Pauhofová.

Synopsis:

Unable to have children, a teacher and her husband search for a suitable surrogate. Eventually, they meet a young woman who appears to meet their very specific criteria; but feelings soon arise that might complicate matters.

There is a sense of unevenness to Olga Chajdas’ debut feature about surrogacy and sexual liberation that is altogether unshakeable.

From the get-go, Nina – an arthouse-flavoured Polish language film that premiered at 2018’s Rotterdam Festival – feels unassured in the story it wishes to tell. Despite its title, the film’s opening exchanges oddly take place in the absence of the titular teacher, but instead focus on Magda (Rycembel): a free-spirited young lesbian whose relationship with airline stewardess Ada (Pauhofová) is punctuated by sexual encounters with numerous other women. We soon meet Nina who, by contrast,
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