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Nina (2016)

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama, Music | 22 April 2016 (USA)
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Cynthia Mort

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Cynthia Mort
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zoe Saldana ... Nina Simone
David Oyelowo ... Clifton Henderson
Kevin Mambo ... Gilles, Lead Guitarist
Ronald Guttman ... Henri Edwards
Chuma Gault ... Nina's Husband
Allison Sarofim ... Head Nurse
Mike Epps ... Richard Pryor
Keith David ... Clifton's Father
Ella Joyce ... Clifton's Mom
Stevens Gaston Stevens Gaston ... Clifton's Brother
Fred Cassidy ... Customs Agent
Jessica Oyelowo ... Nurse
Anthony Molinari ... Cop #1
Ella Thomas ... Lorraine Hansberry
Bonnie Bartlett ... Recital Stage Woman
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The story of the late jazz musician and classical pianist Nina Simone including her rise to fame and relationship with her manager Clifton Henderson.

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Singer. Activist. Survivor. Legend.

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Biography | Drama | Music

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

22 April 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nina Simone See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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$7,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to daughter Lisa Simone Kelly, Nina had often hoped that one day Whoopi Goldberg would portray her on film. See more »

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An uninteresting depiction of mental illness.
31 October 2016 | by tomofswedenSee all my reviews

Nina

Yet another film of a famous person that in reality is just an excuse to show off mental illness. In this case the bipolar condition of Nina Simone.

The film assumes that the viewer already is familiar with her life. I wasn't. I only knew her by having heard a couple of her songs. The start of the film rushes ahead through her life to the very end of her life. But it doesn't start at the end and show flash backs. Well... sort of. It was mostly just a confusing mess and I had no clue what her career was like up to the end (where the film begins). The first concert she does is in a small bar. So as a viewer I'm like, OK, so this is the kind of concerts she had. And then I'm told she is one of the most famous singers. OK, so why is she in a small bar performing if she is so famous? And then somebody says that she should be in a huge concert hall, and not in a small bar. And I'm like, yes, so why isn't she? Please tell me, the viewer. No information.

The film revolves around her (non-romantic) relationship with her nurse/assistant/manager. This is uninteresting. It never goes anywhere and there's very little tension. I suspect it's just badly acted. David Oyelowo plays the assistant. I had never heard of him. So I looked him up. He has a long career of so-so stuff. So he doesn't seem particularly talented. He seems to be established as a middling talent. So it's an odd casting. It seems to me like he just didn't have what it took to make this role work.

Zoe Saldana plays Nina Simone. This is also not particularly interesting. But I don't think it's the acting that's the problem this time. I suspect the problem here is the script. A string of scenes showing a crazy person doing crazy things is not interesting. This is not a comedy. The craziness has to be coupled with her being sensible sometimes. There has to be some sort of balance. Nina Simone in this film goes from being disturbingly weird to being bouncing-off-the-walls-in-a-padded-cell- crazy. She's impossible to like. But she's famous for being a musical genius. She created amazing music and trail-blazed against all odds and conquered the world. This is not shown in this film. Nina Simone in this film is just nuts with no redeeming qualities. It's the stuff that made her famous that I'm interested in. This film provides none of it.

They use the "Angry Black Woman" trope to it's fullest extent. Sure, Nina Simone does have ample reason to be angry. But this character seems utterly consumed by it. It's like she has nothing else going for her in her life.

It would be nice with a film about a historical black person that doesn't focus on how much a victim he or she is. I'm not saying that black people historically haven't suffered. What I'm saying is that, by looking at the movies produced focusing on black people, black history seems to be defined by being a victim and nothing else. I'm starting to find this tedious. And in this film it's especially obvious, since her talents are so down-played. It's all about Nina, the crazy victim.

I learned almost nothing about Nina Simone's music career.


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