Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora) (2010)
Nora had a plan. It would bring her ex-husband, Jose, and the rest of their family together for a magnificent Passover feast. But there is a flaw in her plan- a mysterious photograph from the past, hidden under the bed, which leads Jose to reexamine their relationship and rediscover their undying love for each other.-- (C) Menemsha Films
as José Kurtz
as Nora Kurtz
as Rubén Kurtz
as Dr. Alberto Nurko
as Young Nora Kurtz
as Rabbi Jacowitz
as Aunt Leah
as Bárbara Kurtz
as Rabbi Kolatch
as Young José Kurtz
as Substitute Rabbi
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Critic Reviews for Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora)
Luján, a veteran of over 100 Spanish-language movies and television programs,... finds just the right tone to make José's dilemma both poignant and humorous.
An unexpectedly droll tale about a funeral, "Nora's Will" demonstrates the power of some people to reach beyond the grave.
Although there are conflicts and revelations, the movie takes a low-key approach to it all.
This is a very wise film, without any stench of didacticism: Through it all, the abiding power - like the strong force of an atomic bond - is not love exactly, but relationship, the net that wraps us all together and holds us fast.
Nora's orchestrated suicide may have been a clever gimmick on the page, but onscreen it's a profoundly s----y thing to do to her loved ones.
Lujan does what only the best actors can -- infusing the slightness not with actual substance but at least with the idea of substance, with a road map to where the writer could have located it. In Nora's Will, his performance points the way.
Chenillo is a smart filmmaker, but the film is too tidy. Maybe next time out, she'll really get her hands dirty.
In her feature film debut, Mexican writer/director Mariana Chenillo has woven a genuine charmer, tartly funny and irreverent yet warm and poignant, a testament to enduring love.
Softly rendered by Mariana Chenillo, the first woman to win a Mexican Academy Award for best director, and the quotidian rhythms are reminiscent of the recent Italian film "Mid-August Lunch."
Another film about a family meal, "Nora's Will' is a fascinating glimpse into a Mexican-Jewish community and a nicely told, more-than-slightly twisted fable of love.
The tone is tricky, sliding along a tightrope of farce and wistfulness, but Luján especially walks it like a pro, his ruined leonine face registering cynicism, shock, and the embarrassment of grief.
Chenillo maintains a tone of gentle absurdity until the sentimental ending.
Chenillo doesn't have a galvanic visual style but her film is filled with small, observant moments when the humanity of these people peeps through the low-key shenanigans. It's a bittersweet farce.
A fantastic first feature from rising director Mariana Chenillo. Watch for her.
Though this is her first feature, writer-director Mariana Chenillo displays great sureness of touch behind the camera.
One of those modestly scaled foreign-language films destined to draw mature adult viewers who rarely go to the movies.
A spiritually rich Mexican drama about a Jewish woman's death and the experiences of her inner circle of family and friends.
Audience Reviews for Nora's Will (Cinco dias sin Nora)
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