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Nell is a girl who's been brought up in an isolated world. The only people she knew were her mother and twin sister. They lived together in a cottage in the forest. Nobody has ever met Nell. After her mother's death, she's discovered by the local doctor Jerome. He's fascinated by her, since she speaks a mangled language, developed by her sister and herself growing up, "twin speak" if you will. But Paula, a psychology student, wants her observed in a laboratory. The judge decides they get three months to observe her in the forest, after which he'll decide about Nell's future. Written by
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The lake Nell's cabin sits on is obviously an artificial one, likely produced by a dam built on a river. Inlets like hers are the result of deep ravines in the landscape that fill up with water. The stone which extend out into the water and provide the setting for some of the film's more poignant moments would never be found naturally in such an inlet; they would have been added for the film. See more »
(at around 12 mins) Nell swims in the nude, but when on the shore and dancing, she has on underwear. See more »
[Jerry ringing the bell of Paula's boat]
You sure can make it, roughin' it like this? I don't see an air conditioning unit. You ok about breathing raw air?
[Paula knocks on a box on the ceilling]
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It was a great and simple story. Simply about a woman raised in the wild, unable to speak proper english due to her mothers stroke and she is trying to be brought into "civilisation".
Neeson and Foster are the stars of this film!! Not just because of their star status but they really showed talent in this film. Foster is brilliant as the vulnerable but independent Nell and Neeson is great as her "guardian angel".
This film has its funny bits but the ending... well if youre dead sensitive, get the tissues out. When Nell speaks in the courts, I was causing a flood!!!!
I give it a 10/10. Definetly one to keep forever.
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