When Nelly, a woman being just divorced, meets by chance M. Arnaud, a mature salesman just retired, begins a strange and special relationship between the two personalities.

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Claude Sautet
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Emmanuelle Béart ... Nelly
Michel Serrault ... M. Pierre Arnaud
Jean-Hugues Anglade ... Vincent Granec
Claire Nadeau Claire Nadeau ... Jacqueline
Françoise Brion ... Lucie
Michèle Laroque ... Isabelle
Michael Lonsdale ... Dolabella
Charles Berling ... Jerôme
Jean-Pierre Lorit ... Christophe
Michel Albertini Michel Albertini ... Djamel
Coraly Zahonero Coraly Zahonero ... Marianne
Graziella Delerm Graziella Delerm ... Laurence
Olivier Pajot Olivier Pajot ... Jean-Marc
Alexandre Chappuis Alexandre Chappuis ... Luc
Karine Foviau Karine Foviau ... Sandrine
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When Nelly, a woman being just divorced, meets by chance M. Arnaud, a mature salesman just retired, begins a strange and special relationship between the two personalities. Written by Volker Boehm

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Nelly: [In a fancy restaurant] There are more waiters than customers here.
Monsieur Arnaud: That explains the prices. You saved my life,
[by giving him a back massage]
Monsieur Arnaud: so that ruled out McDonald's.
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Goddess Beart
5 June 2006 | by rainking_esSee all my reviews

I guess the main reason for "Nelly" to be one of the most popular Eruopean movies of the last years is the presence of the Goddess Beart in each and every one of the sequences: her eyes, her mouth, her perfection. Without any make-up, without wonderful dresses... she does not need anything but her natural beauty to make Mr. Arnaud to fall in love her. He hires her as a personal assistant while he's writing his memoirs, but she'll end up being his closest confident. The connection between both of them is neither sexual nor platonic... it's something else. Maybe they're just kindred spirits that meet each other at the wrong time: he knows she's too young and beautiful to stay with him. It doesn't matter if she'd be willing to begin a relationship with Arnaud, 'cause the truth is that he won't let her beauty to fade in the company of an old man which has anything but memories.

This is a sober and reflexive movie, that doesn't live up to its world wide fame (in my opinion); but, as I said before, the presence of Emmanuelle Beart worth watching it.

*My rate: 7/10


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Language:

French

Release Date:

21 June 1996 (USA) See more »

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Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud See more »

Filming Locations:

Chantilly, Oise, France See more »

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$955,300

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$955,708
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1.66 : 1
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