This is an unusual film. That is, if it can be called “film” at all. Visually, Año uña is composed entirely of still shots, which takes some getting used to: too slow for a movie, too fast for a slide show. (Also, this DVD has English subtitles for Spanish soundtrack and vice versa; I would prefer English subtitles for English too because sometimes I could not understand gringos.) Apparently, the stills were shot first and story was added later. Of course, the experimental side alone isn’t enough to make a good film. But tell you what: make sure nothing distracts you and give it your full attention, for first twenty minutes. I hope you get hooked.
The story is simple and beautiful: an American student in her twenties and teenage Mexican boy fall in love. At no point they confess to each other. A series of misunderstandings follows. The end.