Luke Nicholson; Luke Hills; Lydia Gledhill
Joe (Luke Nicholson) is feeling nostalgic, he ponders about how his childhood was so much more innocent than life is now. Yet are things as ‘bad’ as they seem?…
The beauty of Nostalgia is in its subtleties; it’s a film you have to watch at least twice to absorb the richness of its content and meaning. It’s very true to life in its style: people reflect about the past, philosophise about life, swear, and have banter.
Oh, and they also talk about Pokemon, but that’s just a minorly major detail, we’ll get onto that later.
Joe is your average 16 year-old – his life seems to be getting more and more complex, and from the start of the film, he feels Nostalgic – as he ponders how life was once so much better, and in his own words “innocent”. When did things get so “fucked up”? Was it the adolescent years? Later on, we’re thrown straight into it: house party!
Luke gets drunk, becomes more nostalgic, he brings up with him his ex, Charlotte (Lydia Gledhill). They go in a bathroom because “it’s clean” (albeit the shit in the toilet). This scene, perhaps, sums up the film’s blend of styles: it’s poignant, thought-provoking, moving, yet at the same time it has surreal and black humour (Joe is compared to a “paedo” because he’s relieving his nostalgic feelings by visiting his old school, but don’t worry, he’s not a paedo, because it was a “Saturday”, and kids don’t go to school on a Saturday).
To add to this, I felt that the push and pull of the narrative had a subtly strong effect on me: tender moments are followed by fights, poignant moments are followed by comedy – and all of this builds up to the most nostalgic moment of the movie: Luke walks around town late at night, on his own. He glances up at buildings, shops, the sky, the river. He reminisces his old life, we reminisce the film.
Nostalgia is not only great on a human level, but a technical level as well: scenes are beautifully shot, well executed, and the script itself is acidically sharp in the point it’s trying to make and the questions it poses.
There were sections of Nostalgia that made me reflect not just the events that have happened to Joe, but to bits about my past life to. Nostalgia made me feel nostalgic.
Nostalgia blends the poignant with the darkly comic. It has its serious moments and its comic moments. It excels on a technical level and a human level. Dazzling with style.