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Nelly & Mr. Arnaud

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Original title
Monsieur Arnaudaka
  • Nelly et Monsieur Arnaud
Running time
106 min.
France France
Claude Sautet, Jacques Fieschi, Yves Ullman
Philippe Sarde
Jean-François Robin
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Co-production France-Italy-Germany; Alain Sarde Films
Synopsis / Plot
Struggling to pay off mounting debts Nelly (Béart) meets Mr Arnaud (Serrault) a retired judge 40 years her senior who offers to clear her bills. She reluctantly accepts his offer and decides to leave her lazy unemployed husband for good. Nelly then takes a job with Arnaud typing up his memoirs and gradually their friendship grows into a barely acknowledged intimacy.

Mr Arnaud is captivated by Nelly’s beauty and becomes jealous when she begins dating his young good-looking publisher (Anglade). Nelly must choose between financial security and true happiness…

Full of charismatic, heart-wrenching performances from Emmanuelle Béart, Michel Serrault and Jean-Hugues Anglade, this is an elegant and unusual love story.
1995: 2 Cesar Awards: Best Director and Actor. 11 Nominations, including Best Movie
1996: Nominated BAFTA Awards: Best Film not in the English Language
1995: Valladolid Film Festival - Seminci: Jury Special Prize
1996: David di Donatello Awards: Best Foreign Film. 3 nominations
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