Nico, 1988

    Nico, 1988


    Approaching age 50, singer/songwriter Nico leads a solitary existence, far from her days as a Warhol superstar and celebrated vocalist for the Velvet Underground in the 1960s. Her life and career on the fringes, Nico's new manager convinces her to hit the road again and tour in Europe to promote her latest album. She longs to rebuild a relationship with her son, whose custody she lost long ago.

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    • Trine DyrholmChrista Päffgen a.k.a Nico
    • John Gordon SinclairRichard
    • Anamaria MarincaSylvia
    • Sandor FuntekAri
    • Thomas TrabacchiDomenico
    • Karina FernandezLaura
    • Calvin DembaAlex
    • Francesco ColellaFrancesco
    • Freddy DrabbleRadio interviewer #1
    • Matt PatresiRadio interviewer #2


    • 83

      The Film Stage

      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.
    • 80

      Screen Daily

      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.
    • 80

      The New York Times

      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.
    • 80

      Village Voice

      Nico, 1988 offers all I want from this kind of movie: a sense of what time with someone unknowable might have been like.
    • 75

      The Film Stage

      It’s the brains behind the brawn that makes Brawl in Cell Block 99 one of the year’s highlights in the action genre.
    • 75

      Slant Magazine

      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.
    • 70

      The Hollywood Reporter

      Dyrholm is at her multifaceted best here in the glammed-down, uglified role of an older rock ‘n' roll star on the skids.
    • 70


      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.

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