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Following the death of his girlfriend Nina (Fiona O'Shaughnessy), Rob (Cian Barry) is grief-stricken and after a failed suicide attempt is mocked by his colleagues at the supermarket.

Holly (Abigail Hardingham) befirends Rob but during a night of passion Nina comes back from the grave to haunt them during their most intimate moments and Rob and Holly try to figure a way out of their predicament.

 Nina Forever
Nina Forever is an extremly unique take on the pretty over-explored 'How to get over an ex-girlfriend' tale, while managing to make it about more than that with the character of Holly's involvement, who manages to elevate the film to somewhere more classically ghost story in nature.

The film is part fairly tale, part horror, part black comedy but it retains a sense of romance, sadness, longing and drama even when it's at its most crazy. Despite the balls to the wall bizarre turns of the situation it manages to consistently remain intelligent, poignant and personal, never afriad to take the characters to places both emotionally and sexually that having a rather gnarly dead spirit about doesn't usually offer up. Even with its English wit, that manages to sort of divert your attention away from just how messed up the situation is at times, Nina Forever never loses its level head. That's no mean feat given it could easily (and lazily) slip into the realms of comedy but it doesn't, it remains focused and genuinly has something to say beneath its rather grim visuals and ghostly tale.

 Nina Forever

Video


A crisp, cool modern image that initially looks grey and typically winter time Britain in tone, this presentation feels distinctly modern and polished, without feeling unrealistic. Black levels are nice and deep and shadowing manages to present multiple layers of darkness in a dimly lit car or even in lesser lit areas of a supermarket or Rob's home.

The image remains, and intentionally so, a little muted and grey for the most part, but because of that colours leap off of the screen when they arrive and the visual choices in terms of where the colour is used works extremely well in this HD presentation.

The blue tinted night scenes hold details well and the grim make up for Nina is all the more effective in the moody shadowy visuals. Along with Nina's arrival the film comes the reds and they are bright, bold and sell the amount of blood being spread about beautifully. As the film moves on the cool greys are slowly replaced with stark whites and every step of the way those blood reds finds a way in, making the haunting presence of Nina felt every time.

Towards the end of the film we get a bit of a shake up and hit a warm spring break away for the characters and we get a little slice of luscious blue sky. The room the pair stay in is warmer than usual and the image and tone of the film has a brief relaxed interlude before the darkness creeps back in and the strong reds from the rest of the film return along with the more macabre elements of the story.

 Nina Forever

Audio


Dialogue is clean and crisp within the fairly quiet, dialogue driven opening of the film. Passing traffic sounds realistic and well placed and the odd splattering of music or bassy, airy score rumbles away at a nice level to underpin a sense of dread.

Speaking of the score, it's subtle but it works. There's the odd song too and it beefs up the audio but it's never overpowering or wants to take over, like the rest of film's design it strives to remain realistic, so not to let the frankly barmy premise ever feel stupid or silly.

 Nina Forever

Extras


The extras here are quite inspiring and a great insight for anyone new to film or wanting to get into making their own. We begin with two Commentary tracks, one entitled 'Commentary Sound', including the Sound Designer and Music Supervisor and the other 'Commentary Picture' which includes the Costume Designer, the Director of Photography and the production designer. Both a solid and give us an insight into different elements of the film.

'A look Behind Nina Forever' (03:13 HD) is a short and sweet EPK style overview to the film.

 Nina Forever
'Things That Are There That Are Not There' (39:34) are the deleted scenes but they are presented by thre two brother directors in a way all Deleted Scenes should be presented. All editted together, explaining the cuts, cutting to the brothers and back to the played out scenes. This made for a very eay watch.

'Things That Were Not There' (09:26 HD) is some B-roll footage, some storyboards, special effects and tests all edited togehter in interesting ways and again, a good example of presenting this stuff right.

Overall


The quirky cover art doesn't really sell how remarkably sensible this film is. It certainly sells the oddity but don't go into this expecting a comedy, this is a well delivered off beat ghostly drama, with some stand out, utterly beleivable performances from its two leads, and a truly playful and utterly memorable performance from Fiona O'Shaughnessy, the floppy, bloody and beaten taunting Nina. I liked this film a fair bit, I loved the mood of it, the pace of it and just how in control of it the Blaine Brothers were. It's good to see British filmaking delivering this sort of off beat and throughly rewarding horror results without feeling like it has to be full on funny or even full on British to suceed. Nina Forever felt extremly comfortable in its blood soaked skin and it was great.

 Nina Forever


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