Borrowing from Bram Stoker’s Dracula, Nadja is the post modern tale of the daughter of a well known vampire, trying to find herself in contemporary New York.
You must understand and become one with the hachimachachamach that is being laid down. A too cool for the room Peter Fonda will be your spiritual guide. Here he plays Van Helsing, desperately trying to prevent his nephew’s fiance from falling under the spell of Nadja( Elina Lowensohn). He’s not above enlisting the help of Nadja’s twin brother Edgar, played by a very crafty Jared Harris.
Music and refreshments are served in abundance, the soundtrack features the likes of My Bloody Valentine, Portishead, and decent usage of a Spacehog tune. If Simon Fisher Turner’s score doesn’t put you under, then Jim Denault’s dreamlike black and white cinematography will.
Director Michael Almereyda coaxes some amazing performances out his cast, he even got David Lynch to crash the party. He did the film festival/art house tour in 1994 and 1995 with Nadja, and even though it impressed all the right people, Nadja never reached the elite level of cult status needed to catapult it into a modest hit.
After checking out these stills you’ll realize that not only is Nadja worth watching…
you’ll want to bathe yourself in it as well.