Here’s our review of the film –
By Ben Hooper.
Holly and Rob’s budding romance is complicated by the physical manifestation of his emotional baggage – the blood-spattered and sarcastic ghost of dead ex-girlfriend Nina.
This deliciously dark debut from Ben and Chris Blaine has just earned the brothers a British Independent Film Award nomination, and for good reason. The horror love-story is sharply written, smartly cut, and stylishly shot; eerie images of misty estates and striking use of colour provide a visual treat, while not distracting from the drama and emotional depth.
Nina Forever also features a fearless performance from newcomer Abigail Hardingham (also bagging herself a BIFA nod) and a wickedly funny turn from Fiona O’Shaughnessy (Utopia). Their two characters are well-developed and sensitively drawn, while their twisted ménage à trois with Rob manages to be moving, sexy and blackly comic all at once.
Despite the fantastical premise of the film, there’s a tangible sense of realism to their tangled relationships, and this extends to the awkwardly touching scenes shared by Rob (Cian Barry) and Nina’s grieving parents.
Nina Forever is an assured debut from the Brothers Blaine that boasts a host of young talent to keep an eye on.
Seen at the Abertoir Horror Festival Halloween warm-up at Chapter Arts Centre
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