Sunday, February 28, 2016

Nina Forever (2015)

Director: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine
Writers:  Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine
Cast:       Abigail Hardingham, Fiona O'Shaughnessy, Cian Barry

After his girlfriend, Nina, dies in a car crash, Rob unsuccessfully attempts suicide. As he begins to overcome his grief, he falls in love with a co-worker, Holly. Their sex life is complicated when Nina, unable to find rest in the afterlife, comes back to life to sarcastically torment them whenever they have sex.

It is basically a comedy film with a tinge of body horror. Kiwi film 'Housebound' was a recent one which successfully mixed horror and comedy and this one could be classed as a similar one even though the tone is a little bit more serious. I am not a big fan of horror films and whenever I watch them these days I try to explain it away as psychological issues. Most of the ones that I do end up turns out to be psychological thrillers anyway rather than pure horror (The Babadook for eg). This one is also along those lines even though both of them could see Nina. There is a minor twist in the end with regards to who is responsible for Nina and it is not done in a disingenuous way. It gives a proper closure for the film and also is in keeping with the opening scenes of the film where a boyfriend ditches Holly for being too vanilla and not complex enough. 

It is very funny and the way they try to navigate the Nina situation is hilarious. At first Holly tries to accommodate Nina by trying out a menage-e-trois situation which doesn't work. The she tries to remove all physical traces of Nina from Rob's apartment but that doesn't work either. We are given hints about who is responsible for bringing Nina into the situation during those scenes when she starts appearing even when they are not having sex. Holly even tries out having sex with Rob on her grave and that also ends up not working as Nina quips that don't say the word 'Closure'. It is self-referential in that sense. Overall it is a great watch if you can stomach body horror. It is gonna be a cult classic.

Rating: 4/5