Nico, 1988 | Chicago Reader

Nico, 1988

ico, the German ice goddess Andy Warhol paired with the Velvet Underground in 1967, nursed a heavy heroin addiction during the 70s and 80s, and this depressing biopic about her last two years finds the stoned singer grinding out club shows across Europe with a backup band of near amateurs. "I wasn’t happy when I was beautiful,” confesses the chunky, raven-haired Nico (Trine Dyrholm), who brushes off interviewers’ questions about the Velvets to highlight her solo discography of baleful Teutonic dirges. "I wasn't happy when I was beautiful," confesses the chunky, raven-haired Nico (Trine Dyrholm), who brushes off interviewers' questions about the Velvets to highlight her solo discography of baleful teutonic dirges. Aside from a weird sequence in which the traveling musicians make a tourist stop at the Nuremberg parade grounds, writer-director Susanna Nicchiarelli downplays the singer's unsavory racial attitudes, focusing instead on her heartache over the young son who was removed from her custody during her Warhol days and raised by the family of his biological father, the French actor Alain Delon. With John Gordon Sinclair and Anamaria Marinca (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days).

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Director:

  • Susanna Nicchiarelli

Cast:

  • Trine Dyrholm
  • Sàndor Funtek
  • Anamaria Marinca
  • Karina Fernandez
  • Fabrizio Rongione
  • Calvin Demba
  • John Gordon Sinclair
  • Thomas Trabacchi

Producers:

  • Gregorio Paonessa
  • Marta Donzelli
  • Joseph Rouschop
  • Valérie Bournonville

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