Sundance 2018 Review: “Nancy” (2018) ★★

I never shy away from writing a negative review. especially, if it is a constructive one and I try to be fair to the film. What happens with Christina Choe’s film “Nancy”, l yet have to figure out. However, before writing this, I did ask the same question to many other viewers to make sure it was not just me. As I found out, none of them understood the entire film.

The film has a promising start, though. We meet Nancy’s mother. From the first glance, it is easy to tell that there is a big disconnect between this woman and her daughter. The mother, who is immediately identified by her piercing, does not seem someone who is gentle with her own daughter. She treats her as if she is a stranger. That start made me believe that I was about to watch a decent film about a kidnapping.

To my great disappointment, her mother passes away in her sleep, leaving the most important question of the film unanswered. So, is Nancy really a kidnapped child or not? Then the viewer is taken on a journey that lasts an hour and a half, and which is supposed to reveal the answer to this main question of the film. The whole problem of the film is that from the moment Nancy’s mother dies, nothing makes any sense in the film, no matter how hard I tried to swallow everything that the director Christina Choe shows in her film.

When Nancy turns on the TV, she sees an old couple, who are looking for their daughter, who was kidnapped 30 years ago in a mall. After seeing the picture of the girl, Nancy assumes that she might be that same child. So, she gives them a call after being unable to find her birth certificate. Somehow, even with no birth certificate, she does have a driver’s license, which adds more confusion to the already ridiculously dull storyline.

In conclusion, there is nothing to catch from “Nancy “. It has nothing intelligent to offer to the viewer to backup the whole proposed idea. Unfortunately, the promising starts with great concept turn into a great disappointment. I believe that in the hands of a more skilled storyteller, this story could’ve become a masterpiece.




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