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Author: Mark Asch

The Human Animal—Valérie Massadian

From her time working as Nan Goldin’s assistant, Valérie Massadian tells me, she learned to trust in a way of relating “to people, to the world, that’s not intellectual, that’s animal, instinctive.” Her first feature, Nana (2011), adhered to the perspective of a four-year-old girl on the family farm. Her second feature, Milla (2017), lives inside another private world of gestures and thoughts. Reminiscent of Goldin’s work in the intimacy it develops with the young, beautiful, marginal, and borderline unhygienic, Milla follows a young couple through love, pregnancy, tragedy, and economic hardship. Where else could it have been shot...

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