Nina Forever (2015)

Nina Forever
Director: Ben BlaineChris Blaine
Writer: Ben Blaine, Chris Blaine
Cast: Abigail HardinghamCian BarryFiona O’ShaughnessyDavid TroughtonElizabeth Elvin
Part of: /slash Filmfestival
Seen on: 19.9.2015
[Reviews by cornholio and Maynard.]

Plot:
Holly (Abigail Hardingham) is obsessed with her co-worker Rob (Cian Barry). Rob’s girlfriend Nina (Fiona O’Shaughnessy) recently died and he only barely survived a suicide attempt after that. Holly is intrigued by the ferocity of that love. She pursues Rob and they actually do hit it off. But when they sleep with each other for the first time, they are joined by Nina, conjured up from the grave.

Nina Forever has a strong idea at its core, but the longer the movie goes on, the more it falls apart. It does manage to end strongly, but maybe it wasn’t enough material for a feature film.

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Love triangles are an apparently eternal topic in stories, so it’s pretty hard to come up with something new. With Nina Forever, Ben and Chris Blaine did bring something new to the table and it was mostly fun to watch. I mean, when you have a cast that pretty and they spend a lot of time naked, that alone is already nice to see, but to have the dead ex literally join them in bed is just a great idea.

Unfortunately said idea does get a little repetitive in the course of the film and after the third or fourth time Nina rises, I was ready for something new to happen. The film gets its bearing back with the ending that I liked a lot and that did change the story up again a little bit, but there’s just a lag in the middle of the film.

ninaforever1The idea isn’t everything in the film, though. I liked the characters a lot and they all go through their development. Except maybe for Nina, but she’s dead so that’s okay. I also really enjoyed the relationship Rob has with Nina’s parents and how that is handled throughout the film. The cast was also fine (not only pretty) and did their characters justice.

With a bit more streamlining, this could have been a great film. But at 100 minutes it doesn’t really move past good. But it is certainly memorable and I wouldn’t mind watching it again.

ninaforever2Summarizing: Good enough.

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