Yuki & Nina

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German title Yuki & Nina
Original title Yuki & Nina
Country of production France ,
original language French ,
Publishing year 2009
length 93 minutes
Director Hippolyte Girardot ,
Nobuhiro Suwa
script Hippolyte Girardot ,
Nobuhiro Suwa
production Comme des Cinémas
music Foreign Office, Lily Margot, Doc Mateo
camera Josée Deshaies
cut Hisako Suwa ,
Laurence Briaud

Yuki & Nina is a French-Japanese film from the year 2009 . Directed by Hippolyte Girardot and Nobuhiro Suwa . The film opened in French cinemas on December 9, 2009 and has been shown at numerous film festivals, including the Cannes Film Festival , the San Sebastián Festival , the Viennale and the São Paulo International Film Festival . The German theatrical release was on June 16, 2011.


When Yuki learns that her parents will split up, a world collapses for the nine-year-old. Her father is French, her mother Japanese, and after the separation she is supposed to accompany her mother to Japan . For Yuki, that means leaving Paris and everything that is familiar to her. But above all, to part with Nina, her best friend. Together, the two forge plans to reconcile Yuki's parents. Just running away seems like the best solution in the end. So the forest becomes her destination, and there Yuki leaves Nina to live alone in the forest. Alone she wanders around in the forest. The forest is opening up, she is on the edge of a village - in Japan. Two girls cycle past and invite them to play with grandmother. After they have played, Yuki returns to the forest and meets her father there, who has been desperately looking for her. - Yuki now lives in Japan with her mother. On a drive, she recognizes the edge of the forest with grandmother's house. She goes into the house. It is deserted. Now her mother recognizes the place of her childhood. She leads Yuki to the nearby river where she used to play. Both remain on the bank of the river.


“Yuki and Nina are best friends. Both are nine years old and live in Paris . At the beginning you can see them coming home from school to Nina and talking. Especially Nina talks a lot and definitely. Yuki is mostly silent. An observer more than a dreamer. She seems to be haunted by some mystery, and perhaps it is her two-cultural origins that make her feel different. Maybe she's just the quieter of the two. “Je suis comme ça”, she will say later when Nina asks her why she is always so scared.

Gradually the story unfolds of a gradual emancipation of the children, which is by no means a “farewell to the parents”, but a defense of childhood. (...) Then, when it is clear that Yuki has to move to Japan , you can see all the last few days. “J'irais pas au Japon,” says Yuki. And the girls just run away. First you see them moving around the city, then they go into the forest. It's not French, not civilized, but Japanese or Rousseauistic : a place of security, a return to nature.

Yuki & Nina is a story, almost a fairy tale , about strangeness and crossing borders. If the film has a moral, it is to take children and their experiences seriously, not to dismiss them, and that children have to separate from parents, also for their sake. "

- Rüdiger Suchsland : Viennale 2009 catalog

“[...] What is extraordinary about this film is the independence that is given to the children. The French Hippolyte Girardot and the Japanese Nobuhiro Suwa portray the drama of childhood friendship with great respect and in soft tones according to their own script. Long camera shots give you time to put yourself in the mind of the dreamer Yuki. Japanese she deals with her pain with restraint. The film remains subtle, too - with direct sound recordings and almost no film music. [...] "

- Nantke Garrelts : Tagesspiegel , June 15, 2011

Individual evidence

  1. Yuki & Nina , on: viennale.at, accessed on March 26, 2016
  2. Nantke Garrelts. To Japan! On: tagesspiegel.de from June 15, 2011, accessed on March 26, 2016

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