‘Nanny’ Makes For a Haunting, Bewitching Fable [Sundance 2022]


    Read Chad Collins’ review out of Sundance 2022.


    Aisha (Anna Diop) refuses to be governed by the divine in Nikyatu Jusu’s stunning debut as both a writer and director. Fiercely independent, often to her detriment, Aisha endeavors to survive an insidious incarnation of New York City. It’s a place where progressive platitudes and an ostensible sensibility shift have masked rather than eliminated the monster beneath. Nanny draws from both West African folklore and the theatrics of prestige TV. This results in a curious hodgepodge of beguiling hallucinatory horrors and tepid, all-too-familiar narrative arcs.

    As a Senegalese immigrant, Aisha’s only intention is to earn enough money to bring her son, Lamine (Jahleel Kamara) over to New York with her. So, she accepts a job as a Nanny for Michelle Monaghan and Rebecca Hall’s husband (Morgan Spector). They play Adam and Amy, parents to Rose (Rose Decker), and their characters engage as little as expected. Outward in motive, there’s no depth to either. Had Jusu reduced their role to pure archetype– well-meaning yuppies whose liberal livelihoods are no less predicated on the exploitation of immigrant workers, Nanny would work better when either appeared on-screen. Yet, they too frequently interfere in what should be Aisha’s story. They only propel her story forward with familiar beats of microaggressions, affairs, and the alleged stress of having it all.

    Related: ‘Master’ Explores The Scary Realities of Academia [Sundance 2022]

    Conversely, Jusu wisely crafts Aisha in the periphery. When the locus of Nanny’s narrative is Aisha, it shines. Diop is, quite simply, sensational. Exquisitely textured, Diop’s characterization of Aisha never becomes too much of one thing. Her story is told in incidental beats of dialogue, the faint crack of a smile or glint of exhaustion in her eyes as Aisha walks back to her room. Frequent Facetime calls home to her son unfurls a maternal tapestry. Aisha is a loving, motivated mother, and Jusu cultivates this probing point-of-view with nuance and suggestion.

    Similarly, and though not exactly scares, the early goings of Nanny conceive of its horror elements in much the same way. The flash of a visage or spider’s leg on the wall, a flooded bedroom, and lurking figures in the water combine in a thick assemblage of moody, gorgeously photographed genre beats. Magical realism meets unfamiliar folklore here. It’s that identity that, well, gives Nanny its identity, at least for a while. The otherness of an uninviting landscape unnerves, as Aisha defiantly searches for a way to fit in. She’s clinging hopelessly to an American ideal that doesn’t, and never did, exist.

    Related: ‘Hatching’ Is A Monstrous Coming-of-Age Horror For The Digital Age [Sundance 2022]

    Nanny is elevated, a heavenly gauze overlaying every scene. This is cinematographer Rina Yang’s way of signaling to the audience that, yes, everything seems too good to be true. Nanny soon becomes overcast, however, as the tempest of folkloric elements takes over. The dichotomy between a woman working away from her child and a woman working to be with hers is stretched to its limits, the same narrative beats appearing time and time again. It’s only accelerated as Aisha’s distinction between what’s real and not deteriorates. The almost ethereal settings become nightmarish landscapes of hidden desires and ancient lore. But it falls flat when forced to fit into the confines of Adam and Amy’s apartment.

    Nikyatu Jusu imbues Nanny with enough identity of its own, however, to work. While the conventionally ambiguous genre ending solidifies the need for Jusu to break the mold a bit more radically the next go-round, Nanny still inspires. With unconventional horror beats, a standout lead performance, and moments of profound insights, the kind too often left unexplored, Nanny is a knockout. Familiar beats and some tepidly conceived supporting players constrain its true potential. But as a debut feature, Nanny is destined to enchant.


    Nanny is a haunting foray into West African folklore anchored by a sensational Anna Diop.

    Tags: Nanny sundance 2022

    Categorized: Movie News Reviews

    Read The Full Article Here

    Popular Posts

    More like this

    Wild Red Band Trailer for ‘Joy Ride’ with Ashley Park & Stephanie Hsu

    Wild Red Band Trailer for 'Joy Ride' with...

    Zwigato Movie Review | Kapil Sharma | Yogi Bolta Hai

    Karo iss saal ki shuruwat Knowledge ke sath. Get...

    Must Read: Kering Commits To Reducing Absolute Emissions By 40%, How Affiliate Links Have Changed Media

    These are the stories making headlines in fashion...

    How Horror Rocketed Into The Mainstream

    Welcome, readers, to this in-depth analysis of how...
    Chris Hemsworth and Elsa Pataky’s Family Album: Photos
    Priyanka Chopra Holds Hands With Nick Jonas With Kevin & Danielle – Hollywood Life
    Taylor Swift Says She Loves Telling Men ‘How to Apologize’
    5 Things About Anchor Who Passed Out On Air – Hollywood Life
    ‘Knock at the Cabin’ Announces Streaming Premiere Date
    I Used to Be Funny – first-look review
    Lance Reddick, ‘The Wire’ and ‘John Wick’ Star, Dies at 60
    Other People’s Children review – Touching tale of impossible love
    ‘1000-Lb Best Friends’ Fans Are Confused About Meghan & Tina
    How to Watch ‘Rabbit Hole’ Online — Streaming on Paramount+
    Shadow and Bone Season 2 Episode 6 Review: Ni Weh Sesh (I Have No Heart)
    Yazmin Oukhellou Shares Her Secret With ‘TOWIE’ Fans
    Nandi Bushell Coves “Seven Nation Army” for Meg White: Watch
    Philip Selway: Radiohead will get together again within the next couple of years – Music News
    Alison Hammond to Co-Host Great British Bake Off
    Taylor Swift kicks off Eras tour with 44-song set – Music News
    Must Read: Kering Commits To Reducing Absolute Emissions By 40%, How Affiliate Links Have Changed Media
    US’ Lucky Brand collaborates with Laura Ashley
    Best Men’s Underwear For Your Body Type – Boxers, Briefs Or Trunks
    Fashion Trivia: The K-Pop Star Turned Fashion Star
    How Horror Rocketed Into The Mainstream
    Espionage. Magic. Wong. Discover Wong’s New Role in the Marvel Universe in Doctor Strange #4!
    Have you seen this classic movie?
    Greg Tally joins the cast of Finding Astrea
    Wild Red Band Trailer for ‘Joy Ride’ with Ashley Park & Stephanie Hsu
    Zwigato Movie Review | Kapil Sharma | Yogi Bolta Hai
    Watch: British Phone Hotline Paranoia Short ‘You’re Absolutely Right!’
    Plane (2023 Movie) Final Trailer – Gerard Butler, Mike Colter, Yoson An
    Maa Dasabhuja | New Duga Puja Bhajan Full Video | Rupa pin2 khusi | Aseema Panda
    The Weeknd – Die For You (Official Music Video)
    Arctic Monkeys – Body Paint (Official Video)
    Little Mix – Love Me Like You (Official Video)